sub·​strac·​tion | \ -kshən \
plural -s

Definition of substraction

1 : subtraction rendering back to us with additions or substractions, the beauty which existing things have of themselves presented to him— Thomas Carlyle
2 : secret misappropriation of property and especially from a decedent's estate : embezzlement

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History and Etymology for substraction

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

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“Substraction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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