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A quantity or number from which another is to be subtracted.
‘Of course, that means the minuend of the equations does not exist.’
‘I need help understanding the rules of subtracting binary numbers when the subtrahend is larger then the minuend.’
‘The final subcategory both of productive expenditure and of costs, namely, expensed expenditures, constitutes a case in which minuend and subtrahend are equal and thus the subtraction of the one from the other nets to zero.’
‘#Subs is the number of possible subtrahends to be subtracted from minuends.’
Origin
Early 18th century: from Latin minuendus, gerundive of minuere ‘diminish’.