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tending to subtract; having power to subtract.
Mathematics. (of a quantity) that is to be subtracted; having the minus sign (−).
able or tending to remove or subtract
indicating or requiring subtraction; having a minus sign: –x is a subtractive quantity

Relating to the production of color by the blocking or removal of varying wavelengths, as with colored filters, or by the mixing of pigments that absorb certain wavelengths and reflect others. ◇ The subtractive primaries cyan, magenta, and yellow are those colors whose wavelengths can be filtered or absorbed in different proportions to produce all other colors. Compare additive. See Note at color.

Marked by or involving subtraction.


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  • Subtractive-color

    noun, Photography. 1. cyan, yellow, or magenta, as used in the subtractive process of color photography.

  • Subtractive-process

    noun 1. a process of color photography in which the colors are formed by combination of cyan, yellow, and magenta lights. subtractive process noun 1. a photographic process in which all but the desired colours are removed by passing the illuminating light through subtractive filters Compare additive process

  • Subtrahend

    noun, Arithmetic. 1. a number that is subtracted from another. noun 1. the number to be subtracted from another number (the minuend) subtrahend (sŭb’trə-hěnd’) A number subtracted from another. For example, in the expression 4 – 3, 3 is the subtrahend.

  • Sub-treasuries

    noun, plural subtreasuries. 1. a subordinate or branch treasury. 2. (formerly) any of the branch treasuries maintained by the U.S. government. noun (pl) -uries 1. (US) a branch treasury

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