Definition of subtraction
: an act, operation, or instance of subtracting: such asa : the withdrawing or withholding of a right to which an individual is entitledb : the operation of deducting one number from another
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
Origin and Etymology of subtraction
Middle English subtraccion, from Anglo-French sustraction, subtraction, from Late Latin subtraction-, subtractio, from Latin subtrahere
First Known Use: 15th century
SUBTRACTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of subtraction for English Language Learners
mathematics : the act or process of subtracting one number from another
SUBTRACTION Defined for Kids
Definition of subtraction for Students
: the act or process of taking one number away from another
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