idempotent

adjective
idem·​po·​tent | \ ˈī-dəm-ˌpō-tᵊnt How to pronounce idempotent (audio) \

Definition of idempotent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: relating to or being a mathematical quantity which when applied to itself under a given binary operation (such as multiplication) equals itself also : relating to or being an operation under which a mathematical quantity is idempotent

idempotent

noun
plural idempotents

Definition of idempotent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a mathematical quantity which when applied to itself under a given binary operation (such as multiplication) equals itself also : an operation under which a mathematical quantity is idempotent

First Known Use of idempotent

Adjective

1870, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for idempotent

Adjective

Latin idem same + potent-, potens having power — more at potent

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The first known use of idempotent was in 1870

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“Idempotent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idempotent. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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