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English noun: subtraction

1. subtraction (act) an arithmetic operation in which the difference between two numbers is calculated


SamplesThe subtraction of three from four leaves one.
Four minus three equals one.


Synonymsminus


Broader (hypernym)arithmetic operation

2. subtraction (act) the act of subtracting (removing a part from the whole)


SamplesHe complained about the subtraction of money from their paychecks.


Synonymsdeduction


Broader (hypernym)decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down


Narrower (hyponym)bite, withholding


Antonymsaddition









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