Nilpotent definition

nĭl-pōtnt, nĭlpōtnt
An algebraic quantity that when raised to a certain power equals zero.
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(mathematics) Describing an element, of a ring, for which there exists some positive integer n such that xn = 0.
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Origin of nilpotent

  • nil Latin potēns potent- having power potent

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition