subtraction

noun sub·trac·tion \ səb-ˈtrak-shən \
Updated on: 20 Nov 2017

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

Examples of subtraction in a Sentence

  1. The children are learning addition and subtraction.

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of subtraction

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


SUBTRACTION Defined for English Language Learners

subtraction

noun

Definition of subtraction for English Language Learners

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


SUBTRACTION Defined for Kids

subtraction

noun sub·trac·tion \ səb-ˈtrak-shən \

Definition of subtraction for Students

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


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