Definition of descriptive statistics in English:

descriptive statistics

Pronunciation /dɪˌskrɪptɪv stəˈtɪstɪks/


  • 1With singular agreement. The study of statistical facts and data which describe properties or features of a sample or data set, as opposed to properties which can be inferred for an entire population; the branch of statistics concerned with this.

  • 2With plural agreement. Data or facts of this kind, relating to a sample or data set rather than a population.

    In use equivalent to the plural of descriptive statistic.


Late 19th century. From descriptive + statistics.