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subtraction

[ suhb-trak-shuhn ]
/ səbˈtræk ʃən /
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noun
an act or instance of subtracting.
Mathematics. the operation or process of finding the difference between two numbers or quantities, denoted by a minus sign (−).
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Origin of subtraction

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin subtractiōn- (stem of subtractiō) a withdrawing, equivalent to subtract(us) (see subtract) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM subtraction

non·sub·trac·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for subtraction

subtraction
/ (səbˈtrækʃən) /

noun
the act or process of subtracting
a mathematical operation in which the difference between two numbers or quantities is calculated. Usually indicated by the symbol (–)
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Scientific definitions for subtraction

subtraction
[ səb-trăkshən ]

The operation of finding the difference between two numbers or quantities.
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