1. of, occurring in, or utilizing algebra.
  2. Mathematics. of or relating to an element that is the root of a polynomial equation with coefficients from some given field: is algebraic over the field of real numbers.
  3. using arbitrary letters or symbols in place of the letters, symbols, or numbers of an actual application.


  1. of or relating to algebraan algebraic expression
  2. using or relating to finite numbers, operations, or relationships

1660s, from algebra + -ic. Earlier was algebraical (1570s).

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