a number from which another is subtracted.
Origin of minuend
1700–10; < Latin minuendus (numerus) (number) to be diminished or made smaller, (gerundive of minuere), equivalent to minu- (see minus) + -endus gerundive suffix
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C18: from Latin minuendus (numerus) (the number) to be diminished
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"number from which another number is to be subtracted," 1706, from Latin minuendus (numerus), gerundive past participle of minuere "to reduce, diminish, make small" (see minus).
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A number from which another is subtracted. For example, in the numerical expression 100 - 23 = 77, the minuend is 100.
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