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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.


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.


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

Narrower (hyponym)bite, withholding


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