- a number that is subtracted from another.
Origin of subtrahend
1665–75; < Latin subtrahendum, neuter gerund of subtrahere; see subtract
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Examples from the Web for subtrahend
The subtrahend is placed under the minuend to be drawn from it.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Which is the larger (largest) number, the minuend or the subtrahend?Practical Exercises in English
Huber Gray Buehler
In arithmetic operations it holds the addend, subtrahend, multiplicand, or divisor.Preliminary Specifications: Programmed Data Processor Model Three (PDP-3)
Digital Equipment Corporation
- the number to be subtracted from another number (the minuend)
C17: from Latin subtrahendus, from subtrahere to subtract
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Word Origin and History for subtrahend
1670s, from Latin subtrahendus numerus "number to be subtracted," from gerundive form of subtrahere (see subtraction).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A number subtracted from another. For example, in the expression 4 - 3, 3 is the subtrahend.
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