# absolute value

### noun Mathematics.

Also called numerical value. the magnitude of a quantity, irrespective of sign; the distance of a quantity from zero. The absolute value of a number is symbolized by two vertical lines, as |3| or |−3| is equal to 3.

the square root of the sum of the squares of the real and imaginary parts of a given complex number, as |a + bi| is equal to .

## Origin of absolute value

First recorded in 1905–10

Also called modulus.

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## absolute value

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