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Attributive Designating or relating to (any of) a class of formulae based on Newton's method which are used to find approximate integrals for functions over a finite range (e.g. Simpson's rule, the three-eighths rule); especially in "Newton–Cotes formula".
1920s; earliest use found in American Mathematical Monthly. From the names of Sir Isaac Newton and Roger Cotes, English mathematician: see quot. 1981.
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