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nilpotent

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adjective nil·po·tent \ˈnil-ˌpō-tənt\

Definition of nilpotent

  1. :  equal to zero when raised to some power <nilpotent matrices>



Origin of nilpotent

Latin nil nothing + potent-, potens having power — more at potent


First Known Use: 1870


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