Adjective "datum" definition and examples

(Datum may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A piece of information.
  1. 'Statistics are used naively at best: the datum that gunpoint robberies rose 53 percent between April and November of 2001 is almost certainly a random fluctuation and not by itself useful to the argument.'
  2. 'The time to resume operations is a key datum in probabilistic risk assessment.'
  3. 'Once overboard, the buoyant mine and its sinker separated but were held together by a chain set to the requisite length (for which accurate chart datum was required).'
  4. 'Rather, Quine and Putnam take application as a fact - a sort of philosophical datum - and draw ontological and semantic conclusions about mathematics.'
  5. 'The deterministic aspect of divine rule in Daniel is of one piece with divine determinism that permeates the Bible - and that appears to be a theological datum.'
  6. 'The claim that there is no analytic entailment from any natural property to any moral property is simply Hume's Law - a datum often supported through use of the open question argument.'
A fixed starting point of a scale or operation.
  1. 'Such locations consist of a position defined in some horizontal coordinate system and depth with respect to a datum, usually the Earth's surface.'
  2. 'This collapse is associated with a vertical negative relief of c.180 m, defined as the maximum downwards deflection below the regional datum.'
  3. 'Thus, an object's provenience can be stated as being 30m north, 22m east, and 3.5m down from an arbitrary fixed point on the site (called the datum point).'

More definitions

1. a single piece of information, as a fact, statistic, or code; an item of data.

2. Philosophy. any fact assumed to be a matter of direct observation. any proposition assumed or given, from which conclusions may be drawn.

3. Also called sense datum. Epistemology. the object of knowledge as presented to the mind.Compare ideatum.

4. Surveying, Civil Engineering. any level surface,

More examples(as adjective)

"languages can be datum."


Mid 18th century: from Latin, literally ‘something given’, neuter past participle of dare ‘give’.