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# What is the answer to a subtraction problem called?

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The answer to a subtraction problem is called the difference. The value being subtracted is called the subtrahend, and the value from which the subtrahend is being subtracted is called the minuend.

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For example, in the subtraction problem 5 - 3 = 2, 5 is the minuend, 3 is the subtrahend and 2 is the difference. These terms hold for subtraction of any types of numbers, including decimals, fractions, negative numbers, mixed numbers and imaginary numbers. Similarly, the answer to an addition problem is called the sum, while the answer to a multiplication problem is called the product. The answer to a division problem is called the quotient.

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