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# What is the difference between numbers and numerals?

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A numeral is a representation of a number. The physical characters "2" or "ii" or "II" are different numerals that all signify the meaning of the number two. It's a notation.
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A number is the idea or the meaning.
A numeral is the written representation of a number.
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numbers are the values or quantities.

numerals are the graphical representations used to write/print numbers.

the arabic numerals 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0 are used to create numbers such as 55 or 2257.

the same numbers could be expressed in roman numerals as LV and MMCCLVII
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A numeral is a symbol that represents a number

A number is trickier to pin down. If you know enough math, you will think of numbers as being members of sets with specific properties. Philosophers have had various takes on what numbers mean. Most people think of numbers as being things that denote quantities of things and they would be right in the context that numbers are usually used.
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1, 2 and 3 are numerals.

1 3/4, 2.739 and the square root of three are numbers.