Etymology
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exponential (adj.)

"of or pertaining to an exponent or exponents, involving variable exponents," 1704, from exponent + -ial. As a noun in mathematics from 1784. Related: Exponentially.

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Definitions of exponential
1
exponential (n.)
a function in which an independent variable appears as an exponent;
Synonyms: exponential function
2
exponential (adj.)
of or involving exponents;
exponential growth
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