adjective, often capitalized
abe·​li·​an | \ ə-ˈbē-lē-ən How to pronounce abelian (audio) \

Definition of abelian

: commutative sense 2 abelian group abelian ring

Examples of abelian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Microsoft is trying to chase a new quantum computer based on a new topography and a yet-undiscovered particle called non-abelian anyons. Agam Shah, PCWorld, 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of abelian

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abelian

Niels Abel †1829 Norwegian mathematician

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The first known use of abelian was circa 1889

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“Abelian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abelian. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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