idempotence

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Latin roots, idem ‎(same) +‎ potence ‎(the quality of having power) – literally, “the quality of having the same power”.

Coined by 19th century American mathematician Benjamin Peirce in context of algebra.[1]

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idempotence ‎(uncountable)

  1. (mathematics, computing) A quality of an action such that repetitions of the action have no further effect on outcome – being idempotent.

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  1. ^ Polcino & Sehgal (2002), p. 127