nil·​po·​tent ˈnil-ˌpō-tᵊnt How to pronounce nilpotent (audio)
: equal to zero when raised to some power
nilpotent matrices

Word History


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

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nilpotent was in 1870

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Cite this Entry

“Nilpotent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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