Definition of statistic in English:



  • 1A fact or piece of data obtained from a study of a large quantity of numerical data.

    ‘the statistics show that the crime rate has increased’
    • ‘Another statistic that's set to rise is the number of children conceived by in vitro fertilisation.’
    • ‘It later transpired the statistic had been plucked from another publication: it was a miscalculation.’
    • ‘Plotkin, Dushoff, and Fraser suggest using a statistic, volatility P value, to measure volatility.’
    • ‘In the week before the final the statistics suggested to the Cork management that they should cut one of the training sessions.’
    • ‘The advantage of using Shannon uncertainty is that it allows a complex source of bias to be represented by a single statistic.’
    • ‘Bradford's ethnic diversity was another area highlighted in the statistics.’
    • ‘Instead the statistic suggests two things: that Thorpe has played an unusual number of match-changing innings and that he often played in a weak side.’
    • ‘Under this approach, the count statistic is viewed as an index to abundance.’
    • ‘It is completely inappropriate to quote an anonymously-sourced statistic when referring to three deaths.’
    • ‘In the West we are faced with this fact in alarming health statistics like one in two men and one in three women will get cancer.’
    • ‘By simply taking a superficial look at the quantitative statistics we may not be able to see the whole truth.’
    • ‘The statistic can be found in a single web search.’
    • ‘He quoted a government statistic that suggests foreign coverage has gone down on British television by 40% in the last decade.’
    • ‘A decline in the statistic suggests a n easing because inflation has declined or unemployment has increased.’
    • ‘Another statistic provides insight into the class divisions that are ripping apart American society.’
    • ‘Behind Professor Godfrey's sensible suggestion lies a statistic that might appeal to any passing cynic.’
    • ‘Late last week, a raft of economic statistics suggested Greenspan's cries may go unheard.’
    • ‘We assessed heterogeneity between studies with the Q statistic and by visual inspection of the results.’
    • ‘I saw a statistic recently that suggested that Britons think about holidays every two minutes on average.’
    • ‘Another point to make is surrounds the statistics provided on owner occupancy.’
    statistic, number, integer, quantity, amount, level, total, sum
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    1. 1.1An event or person regarded as no more than a piece of data (used to suggest an inappropriately impersonal approach)
      ‘he was just another statistic’
      • ‘And so they said why not start now so this doesn't happen and you're not another statistic?’
      • ‘The tragedy of Thomas Smith is yet another statistic to underline the need for something to be done to protect young drivers and other road users from the temptation to speed.’
      • ‘Sadly another young pedestrian has become a statistic in the recent tragic accident on Bradshawgate.’
      • ‘Paul Brown has become another statistic in the ever increasing male suicide rate in this country.’
      • ‘Employees who suddenly find themselves as just another redundancy statistic are simply not prepared to give up.’
      • ‘Chalk Richard Lewis up as another statistic on the list of people who have ruined their lives through illegal drug use.’
      • ‘He is just another statistic in the Celtic Tiger's briefcase.’
      • ‘Why end up sick, in hospital, in poor health or even just another statistic when there is every chance that you could remain healthy and have a full life?’
      • ‘He had become another statistic in the law-and-order game that dominated Queensland politics.’
      • ‘Be safe and don't be another Christmas accident statistic.’
      • ‘Was I just about to become another statistic, one of the many lost souls who go missing, never to be seen again, until their skeleton is found under a patio two decades hence?’
      • ‘Barbara, of Brampton Road, Croydon, is very open about her past giving yet another thought provoking statistic.’
      • ‘I know that I'm just another statistic, another self harming teenage girl.’
      • ‘In the ensuing chaos, she herself could have become another grim statistic in the terrible death toll of Sabra and Shatila, had her father not rescued her and her family.’
      • ‘The shooting down of a Lancaster bomber in France in July 1944 was just another grim statistic for Allied commanders.’
      • ‘Has he no sympathy or regret to convey to the relatives or Scottish public, or are they, as he seems to suggest, just another statistic?’
      • ‘Groundwell Farm, he said, must not become ‘yet another statistic in Swindon's neglect’ of historic buildings.’
      • ‘There is a way, however, to decrease the risk of being swept away in a slide and becoming another statistic.’
      • ‘However, he has to begin to appreciate that he is actually dealing with a real life here and not just another health statistic.’
      • ‘Had the company stayed, it would almost certainly have become just another forgotten statistic in the vast list of company wind-ups and failures.’



Late 18th century: from German statistisch (adjective), Statistik (noun).