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statistic

noun     /stəˈtɪstɪk/
[S] a fact or piece of information that is shown by a number : The euro area's economic slowdown was confirmed by another statistic. The most interesting statistic is that the average time on the site is 14 minutes .
statistics [plural] (also informal stats) numbers that give information about a particular situation or event : crime/employment/economic statistics The latest employment statistics portray California as only narrowly avoiding a recession .government/federal/official statistics Government statistics released yesterday painted a hopeful picture of the labour market .statistics show/indicate/suggest sth The current statistics show prices have heated up strongly this year . [U] the science of collecting and studying numbers that give information about particular situations or events : Allan has an MSc in statistics from University College London.
not just/only a statistic used to emphasize that a number represents a real person or problem that we should care about: 1 in 7 Americans being without health insurance is not just a statistic, it's a tragedy .
(Definition of statistic noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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