Symbols:Arithmetic and Algebra/Positive Quantity

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Positive

$+$

A unary operator prepended to a number to indicate that it is positive.

For example:

$+5$

If a number does not have either $+$ or $-$ prepended, it is assumed to be positive by default.


The $\LaTeX$ code for \(+5\) is +5 .


Also see

See:

Symbols:Addition
Symbols:Ordered Sum
Symbols:Commutative Operation
Symbols:Disjunction (Deprecated)

for other uses of this symbol.


Historical Note

The use of $+$ sign to indicate a positive quantity first appeared in $1489$ in a work by Johannes Widmann.


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