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"to subtract," 1540s, "now illiterate" [OED], from Modern Latin substractus, past participle of substrahere, alternative form of subtrahere (see subtraction). Related: Subtracted; subtracting.

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unimportant, trivial, inferior, insignificant, exposed, susceptible, conditional, accountable, apt, sensitive, likely, liable, dependent, secondary, vulnerable, prone, replace, supporting, lower, tributary

Examples from the Web for substract

Historical Examples

  • And nothing is easier, when you have two different numbers, to substract the less from the greater.

    The Spirit Land

    Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons

  • The clergyman knew someting of surgery, and he managed to substract the ball from my hip.

    By Sheer Pluck

    G. A. Henty