Definition of statistic in US English:

statistic

noun

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

    ‘the statistics show that the crime rate has increased’
    • ‘The statistic can be found in a single web search.’
    • ‘A decline in the statistic suggests a n easing because inflation has declined or unemployment has increased.’
    • ‘Plotkin, Dushoff, and Fraser suggest using a statistic, volatility P value, to measure volatility.’
    • ‘It is completely inappropriate to quote an anonymously-sourced statistic when referring to three deaths.’
    • ‘Another statistic that's set to rise is the number of children conceived by in vitro fertilisation.’
    • ‘He quoted a government statistic that suggests foreign coverage has gone down on British television by 40% in the last decade.’
    • ‘Under this approach, the count statistic is viewed as an index to abundance.’
    • ‘We assessed heterogeneity between studies with the Q statistic and by visual inspection of the results.’
    • ‘In the week before the final the statistics suggested to the Cork management that they should cut one of the training sessions.’
    • ‘Behind Professor Godfrey's sensible suggestion lies a statistic that might appeal to any passing cynic.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bradford's ethnic diversity was another area highlighted in the statistics.’
    • ‘Late last week, a raft of economic statistics suggested Greenspan's cries may go unheard.’
    • ‘Another statistic provides insight into the class divisions that are ripping apart American society.’
    • ‘The advantage of using Shannon uncertainty is that it allows a complex source of bias to be represented by a single statistic.’
    • ‘It later transpired the statistic had been plucked from another publication: it was a miscalculation.’
    • ‘By simply taking a superficial look at the quantitative statistics we may not be able to see the whole truth.’
    • ‘I saw a statistic recently that suggested that Britons think about holidays every two minutes on average.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another point to make is surrounds the statistics provided on owner occupancy.’
    number, integer, quantity, amount, level, total, sum
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    1. 1.1 An event or person regarded as no more than a piece of data (used to suggest an inappropriately impersonal approach)
      ‘he was just another 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?’
      • ‘There is a way, however, to decrease the risk of being swept away in a slide and becoming another statistic.’
      • ‘He had become another statistic in the law-and-order game that dominated Queensland politics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Paul Brown has become another statistic in the ever increasing male suicide rate in this country.’
      • ‘Barbara, of Brampton Road, Croydon, is very open about her past giving yet another thought provoking statistic.’
      • ‘The shooting down of a Lancaster bomber in France in July 1944 was just another grim statistic for Allied commanders.’
      • ‘Chalk Richard Lewis up as another statistic on the list of people who have ruined their lives through illegal drug use.’
      • ‘And so they said why not start now so this doesn't happen and you're not another statistic?’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I know that I'm just another statistic, another self harming teenage girl.’
      • ‘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 is just another statistic in the Celtic Tiger's briefcase.’
      • ‘Be safe and don't be another Christmas accident statistic.’
      • ‘Groundwell Farm, he said, must not become ‘yet another statistic in Swindon's neglect’ of historic buildings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sadly another young pedestrian has become a statistic in the recent tragic accident on Bradshawgate.’
      • ‘Employees who suddenly find themselves as just another redundancy statistic are simply not prepared to give up.’

adjective

Origin

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

Pronunciation

statistic

/stəˈtistik//stəˈtɪstɪk/