What is Statistics?
Here are some definitions

a collection of procedures and principles for
gaining information in order to make decisions
when faced with uncertainty (J. Utts)

a way of taming uncertainty, of turning raw data
into arguments that can resolve profound questions (T. Amabile)

the science of gaining information from numerical data (D.S. Moore)

the explanation of variation in the context of what remains unexplained
(D. Kaplan)

the science of drawing conclusions from data with
the aid of the mathematics of probability (S. Garfunkel)

the mathematics of the collection, organization,
and interpretation of numerical data, especially the
analysis of a population's characteristics by inference
from sampling (American Heritage Dictionary)
What similarities
do you see in all or most of these definitions?
Etymology of the word 'statistics'
from Latin: statisticus  of state affairs

statistics is political right down to its etymology
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