# absolute value meaning

**Noun:**

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- A real number regardless of its sign

- numerical value

**Derived forms: **absolute values

**Type of: **definite quantity

**Encyclopedia:** Absolute value

[Electronics]

The magnitude of a quantity without regard to sign or direction. The absolute value of

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*a*|. The absolute value of a positive number is the number itself; thus, |10| equals 10. The absolute value of a negative number is the number with its sign changed: |-10| equals 10.

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