nilpotent

adjective
nil·po·tent | \ ˈnil-ˌpō-tᵊnt \

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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