absolute value meaning

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Noun: absolute value  'absu`loot 'valyoo
  1. A real number regardless of its sign
    - numerical value

Derived forms: absolute values

Type of: definite quantity

Encyclopedia: Absolute value

See modulus

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