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  1. absolute value, numerical value(noun)

    a real number regardless of its sign


  1. absolute value(Noun)

    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.

  2. absolute value(Noun)

    For a complex number, the square root of the sum of the squares of its real and imaginary parts.


  1. Absolute value

    In mathematics, the absolute value | x | of a real number x is the non-negative value of x without regard to its sign. Namely, | x | = x for a positive x, | x | = −x for a negative x, and | 0 | = 0. For example, the absolute value of 3 is 3, and the absolute value of −3 is also 3. The absolute value of a number may be thought of as its distance from zero. Generalisations of the absolute value for real numbers occur in a wide variety of mathematical settings. For example an absolute value is also defined for the complex numbers, the quaternions, ordered rings, fields and vector spaces. The absolute value is closely related to the notions of magnitude, distance, and norm in various mathematical and physical contexts.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolute value in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absolute value in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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  1. Pope Francis:

    The commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' has absolute value and applies to both the innocent and the guilty.

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