AskDefine | Define ordinal

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ordinal adj
1 of or relating to a taxonomic order; "family and ordinal names of animals and plants"
2 being or denoting a numerical order in a series; "ordinal numbers"; "held an ordinal rank of seventh" [ant: cardinal] n : the number designating place in an ordered sequence [syn: ordinal number, no.]

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ordinalis, adjective formed from noun ordo, order, + adjective suffix -alis


  1. Of a number, indicating position in a sequence.

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  1. An ordinal number such as first, second and third.
    The commonest numerals in Latin, as in English, are the "cardinals"...and the "ordinals"... — F. M. Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 6th ed. revised (2005), p97




From ordinalis.





  1. ordinal. See English definition.

Extensive Definition

Ordinal may refer to:

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