- The definition of subtractive is involving subtraction, or capable of being subtracted.
An example of something subtractive is taking 2 from 6.
subtractive definition by Webster's New World
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- tending to subtract
- capable of or involving subtraction
- that is to be subtracted; marked with the minus sign (−)
Origin: Midieval Latin subtractivus
subtractive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- Producing or involving subtraction.
- a. Of or being a color produced by light passing through or reflecting off a colorant, such as a filter or pigment, that absorbs certain wavelengths and transmits or reflects others. See Table at color.b. Of or being any of the subtractive colors cyan, magenta, or yellow.
- Of or being a photographic process that produces a positive image by superposing or mixing substances that selectively absorb colored light.
subtractive - Science Definition
- Relating to the production of color by the blocking or removal of varying wavelengths, as with colored filters, or by the mixing of pigments that absorb certain wavelengths and reflect others. ♦ The subtractive primaries cyan, magenta, and yellow are those colors whose wavelengths can be filtered or absorbed in different proportions to produce all other colors. Compare additive. See Note at color.
- Marked by or involving subtraction.