substract

verb sub·stract \səbzˈtrakt, -bˈst-\

Definition of substract

-ed/-ing/-s

  1. :  subtract so far from adding to, it will substract from, the quantity of labor necessary — Jeremy Bentham

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of substract

Late Latin substractus, past participle of substrahere to draw from beneath, withdraw, alteration (influenced by Latin subs-, variant of sub-) of Latin subtrahere — more at subtract


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up substract? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!