# minuend

min·u·end
noun

The definition of a minuend is the amount from which a quantity is subtracted.

An example of a minuend is the number 27 in the equation 27 minus 12 equals 15.

## minuend

Arith. the number or quantity from which another (the

*subtrahend*) is to be subtractedOrigin of minuend

Classical Latin*minuendum,*to be diminished, neuter gerund, gerundive of

*minuere:*see minute

## minuend

noun

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

Origin of minuend

Latin*minuendum*

*thing to be diminished*

*from*

*neuter gerundive of*

*minuere*

*to lessen*; see

*mei-*

^{2}in Indo-European roots.

## minuend

Noun

(*plural* minuends)

- (arithmetic) A number or quantity from which another is to be subtracted.
*In the subtraction 10 âˆ’ 4, 10 is the minuend.*