nilpotent

adjective
nil·​po·​tent | \ ˈnil-ˌpō-tᵊnt How to pronounce nilpotent (audio) \

Definition of nilpotent

: equal to zero when raised to some power nilpotent matrices

First Known Use of nilpotent

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nilpotent

Latin nil nothing + potent-, potens having power — more at potent

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The first known use of nilpotent was in 1870

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“Nilpotent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nilpotent. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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