absolute value

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæb.səˌlut ˈvæl.ju/, /ˌæb.səˈljut ˈvæl.ju/

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absolute value (plural absolute values)

  1. (mathematics) For a real number, its numerical value without regard to its sign; formally, -1 times the number if the number is negative, and the number unmodified if it is zero or positive; the distance of a quantity from zero on a number line.
  2. (mathematics) For a complex number, the square root of the sum of the squares of its real and imaginary parts.

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