multiplicative inverse

noun

Definition of multiplicative inverse

: an element of a mathematical set that when multiplied by a given element yields the identity element

called also reciprocal

First Known Use of multiplicative inverse

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Multiplicative inverse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/multiplicative%20inverse. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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