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A quantity or number to be subtracted from another.
‘I need help understanding the rules of subtracting binary numbers when the subtrahend is larger then the minuend.’
‘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.’
Origin
Late 17th century: from Latin subtrahendus ‘to be taken away’, gerundive of subtrahere (see subtract).