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Why has the English language preserved the letter "b" in the word "number", but not in words like "enumerate" or "numerator" or "numerology" and so on?

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Number entered English from French around the beginning of the 14th century, at which time the Latin numerus had already undergone sound changes which resulted in the Old French form nombre. The other words you mention were created later employing the original Latin root.

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