Definition of subtrahend in English:



  • A quantity or number to be subtracted from another.

    • ‘That founded because of what I have said earlier, that the Commissioner found that the subtrahend in the equation, namely the value of improvements, was not in fact the value.’
    • ‘The game has three parameters. Nums is the number of minuends to subtract from. Subs is the number of possible subtrahends to be subtracted from minuends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I need help understanding the rules of subtracting binary numbers when the subtrahend is larger then the minuend.’


Late 17th century: from Latin subtrahendus ‘to be taken away’, gerundive of subtrahere (see subtract).