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Algebraic expression

a symbol or a combination of symbols used in algebra, containing one or more numbers, variables, and arithmetic operations:
how to solve algebraic expressions.
Historical Examples

An equation admits of description in two ways:— It may be regarded purely as an algebraic expression, or as a geometrical locus.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7 Various

It is a mere symbol, like the algebraic expression which stands for a curve.
The Idea of God as Affected by Modern Knowledge John Fiske

In short, the true value of a thing is invariable in its algebraic expression, although it may vary in its monetary expression.
What is Property? P. J. Proudhon


a mathematical phrase which can contain numbers, operators (add, subtract, multiply, divide), and at least one variable (like x, y) to represent operations

An example of an algebraic expression is x + 5 4n ÷ 6.
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