additive inverse

noun

: a number that when added to a given number gives zero
the additive inverse of 4 is −4
compare opposite sense 3

Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of additive inverse was in 1953

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“Additive inverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/additive%20inverse. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

additive inverse

noun
: a number that when added to a given number sums to zero
the additive inverse of 4 is −4
compare opposite entry 2 sense 3

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