noun sub·strac·tion \-kshən\

Definition of substraction



  1. 1 :  subtraction rendering back to us with additions or substractions, the beauty which existing things have of themselves presented to him — Thomas Carlyle

  2. 2 :  secret misappropriation of property and especially from a decedent's estate :  embezzlement

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Origin and Etymology of substraction

Medieval Latin substraction-, substractio, from Late Latin substractus (past participle) + Latin -ion-, -io -ion

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