from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quantity from which another quantity, the subtrahend, is to be subtracted. In the equation 50 − 16 = 34, the minuend is 50.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In arithmetic, the number from which another number is to be deducted in the process of subtraction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Arith.) In the process of subtraction{2}, the number from which another number (the subtrahend) is to be subtracted, to find the difference.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun arithmetic A number or quantity from which another is to be subtracted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the number from which the subtrahend is subtracted


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin minuendum, thing to be diminished, from neuter gerundive of minuere, to lessen; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]


  • The _subtrahend_ is placed _under_ the minuend to be _drawn_ from it.

    Orthography As Outlined in the State Course of Study for Illinois

  • It may seem a matter of trivial importance whether the pupil increases the subtrahend number or decreases the minuend number when he subtracts digits that involve taking or borrowing; and yet investigation proves that to increase the subtrahend number is by far the simpler process, and eliminates both a source of waste and a source of error, which, in the aggregate, may assume a significance to mental economy that is well worth considering.

    Craftsmanship in Teaching


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