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noun Arithmetic.
  1. a number that is subtracted from another.
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Compare minuend.

Origin of subtrahend

1665–75; < Latin subtrahendum, neuter gerund of subtrahere; see subtract
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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?

  • In arithmetic operations it holds the addend, subtrahend, multiplicand, or divisor.

British Dictionary definitions for subtrahend


  1. the number to be subtracted from another number (the minuend)
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Word Origin

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).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

subtrahend in Science


  1. A number subtracted from another. For example, in the expression 4 - 3, 3 is the subtrahend.
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