additive identity

noun

Definition of additive identity

: an identity element (such as 0 in the group of whole numbers under the operation of addition) that in a given mathematical system leaves unchanged any element to which it is added

First Known Use of additive identity

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Additive identity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/additive%20identity. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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