**Nu*mer"ic** (?), **Nu*mer"ic*al** (?), a. [Cf. F. *num'erique*. See Number, n.]

**1.**

Belonging to number; denoting number; consisting in numbers; expressed by numbers, and not letters; as, **numerical** characters; a **numerical** equation; a **numerical** statement.

⇒ *Numerical*, as opposed to *algebraical*, is used to denote a value irrespective of its sign; thus, -5 is numerically greater than -3, though algebraically less.

**2.**

The same in number; hence, identically the same; identical; as, the same **numerical** body.

[Obs.]

*South.*

Would to God that all my fellow brethren, which with me bemoan the loss of their books, . . . might rejoice for the recovery thereof, though not the same **numerical** volumes.
*Fuller.*

Numerical equation Alg., an equation which has all the quantities except the unknown expressed in numbers; -- distinguished from *literal equation*. -- Numerical value of an equation or expression, that deduced by substituting numbers for the letters, and reducing.

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