Compare minuend.

Origin of subtrahend

1665–75; < Latin subtrahendum, neuter gerund of subtrahere; see subtract Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for subtrahend


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

Word Origin for subtrahend

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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subtrahend in Science


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