A quantity or number from which another is to be subtracted.
- ‘#Subs is the number of possible subtrahends to be subtracted from minuends.’
- ‘I need help understanding the rules of subtracting binary numbers when the subtrahend is larger then the minuend.’
- ‘Of course, that means the minuend of the equations does not exist.’
- ‘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.’
Early 18th century: from Latin minuendus, gerundive of minuere ‘diminish’.
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