EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective . Mathematics (of a quantity) that is to be subtracted; having the minus sign (−). Origin of subtractive
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-ive Related forms non·sub·trac·tive, adjective non·sub·trac·tive·ly, adverb un·sub·trac·tive, adjective
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These quantities are additive for years after 1800, and
subtractive for years before that epoch.
The first number should be additive, the second
The colors produced by adding lights are based not on the "
subtractive" method but on the actual addition of colors.
These primaries are red, green, and blue and it will be noted that they are the complementaries of the "
The additive and
subtractive methods are chiefly involved, but there is another method which is an "averaging" additive one. British Dictionary definitions for subtractive adjective able or tending to remove or subtract indicating or requiring subtraction; having a minus sign –x is a subtractive quantity
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Relating to the production of color by the blocking or removal of varying wavelengths, as with colored filters, or by the mixing of pigments that absorb certain wavelengths and reflect others. ♦ The subtractive primaries cyan, magenta, and yellow are those colors whose wavelengths can be filtered or absorbed in different proportions to produce all other colors. Compare additive. See Note at color. Marked by or involving subtraction.
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