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noun Arithmetic.
  1. a number from which another is subtracted.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The subtrahend is placed under the minuend to be drawn from it.


    Elmer W. Cavins

  • Which is the larger (largest) number, the minuend or the subtrahend?

  • Minuend, min′ū-end, n. the number from which another is to be subtracted.

British Dictionary definitions for minuend


  1. the number from which another number, the subtrahend, is to be subtractedCompare subtrahend
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin minuendus (numerus) (the number) to be diminished
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Word Origin and History for minuend


"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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minuend in Science


  1. A number from which another is subtracted. For example, in the numerical expression 100 - 23 = 77, the minuend is 100.
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