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idempotent

[ ahy-duhm-poht-nt, id-uhm- ]

adjective

  1. unchanged when multiplied by itself.


noun

  1. an idempotent element.

idempotent

/ ˈɪd-; ˈaɪdəmˌpəʊtənt /

adjective

  1. maths (of a matrix, transformation, etc) not changed in value following multiplication by itself


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Word History and Origins

Origin of idempotent1

First recorded in 1865–70; idem + potent 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of idempotent1

C20: from Latin idem same + potent 1

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Example Sentences

Researchers were able to show that certain powerful but unproved K-theory conjectures would imply the zero divisor and idempotent conjectures, potentially offering up a deep reason why they might be true.

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