Part of speech: noun

A fact given or assumed; a premise; used chiefly in the plural; as, the data are sufficient.

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Usage examples "datum":

  1. For any datum more ultimate than permanent existence is manifestly impossible, while any such datum as non- permanent existence would clearly render science impossible. - "A Candid Examination of Theism", George John Romanes.
  2. A statistical conclusion cannot be drawn from this datum, unsupported by other proofs. - "A Visit To The United States In 1841", Joseph Sturge.
  3. There is, of course, a natural datum which we cannot modify, which we have to accept as a basis for further construction. - "The Reform of Education", Giovanni Gentile.