subtraction

noun
sub·trac·tion | \səb-ˈtrak-shən \

Definition of subtraction 

: an act, operation, or instance of subtracting: such as

a : the withdrawing or withholding of a right to which an individual is entitled

b : the operation of deducting one number from another

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Synonyms & Antonyms for subtraction

Synonyms

deduction

Antonyms

accession, addition

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Examples of subtraction in a Sentence

The children are learning addition and subtraction. the restaurant may not have raised the price, but there's definitely been a subtraction in the number of fries in a side order

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The Padres trimmed their 40-man roster to 38 players on Monday, and the subtractions included a popular clubhouse presence. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hector Sanchez elects free agency," 6 Nov. 2017 The Padres also made a major subtraction, firing El Paso native Alan Zinter. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres mailbag: Who will the next hitting coach be?," 4 Sep. 2017 While seemingly innocuous — another extension of a bloated award show that probably needs more subtraction than addition — this is clearly a signal that the Academy is trying to catch up to the times. Jonny Coleman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Unpacking the Politics of the 2019 Grammy Changes," 27 June 2018 The biggest change on the Experience + Innocence Tour isn’t any technological addition but rather a musical subtraction. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "U2 Brings Experience + Innocence to New York's Madison Square Garden," 26 June 2018 That's not the usual addition by subtraction that has become part of every new Browns GM's honeymoon period. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "Ty Lue needs to take it slowly, and that won't be easy with the season winding down -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs," 20 Mar. 2018 Although this movie is fun, the subtraction of rivalry makes for a movie that is inevitably less riveting. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "In Ocean’s 8, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend," 12 June 2018 The art of subtraction is essential to his skill as a writer and actor. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "From ‘Sling Blade’ to ‘Goliath’: Billy Bob Thornton finds his peace," 7 June 2018 While most redevelopment plans and projects focus on addition—new housing, transportation, and public spaces—vacancy and hyper-vacancy require painful and costly subtraction. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "The high cost of abandoned property, and how cities can push back," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of subtraction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subtraction

Middle English subtraccion, from Anglo-French sustraction, subtraction, from Late Latin subtraction-, subtractio, from Latin subtrahere

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The first known use of subtraction was in the 15th century

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subtraction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of subtraction

mathematics : the act or process of subtracting one number from another

subtraction

noun
sub·trac·tion | \səb-ˈtrak-shən \

Kids Definition of subtraction

: the act or process of taking one number away from another

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