soustraire

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French sustraire, a borrowing from Latin subtraho, subtrahere (with conjugation modeled on traire), and altered based on influence from words like souscrire.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

soustraire

  1. to subtract (to remove or reduce)
  2. (mathematics) to subtract
  3. (reflexive) to avoid, to escape (from)

Conjugation[edit]

This verb traditionally has no past historic or imperfect subjunctive. They would be formed on a -soustray- root: *je soustrayis, *que nous soustrayissions etc. Forms using the ‘a’ endings of verbs in -er are now used when there is an unavoidable need to use these forms. The root -soustrais- was used instead of -soustray- in the 18th century, and remains in Swiss and Savoy dialects.

Related terms[edit]

Anagrams[edit]

External links[edit]