# Opposite number

number that, when added to the original number, yields zero

In mathematics, the opposite or additive inverse of a number $k$ is a number $n$ which, when added to $k$ , results in 0. The opposite of $a$ is $-a$ . For example, −7 is the opposite of 7, because $7+-7=0$ .

## Definition

A number $x$  is called an opposite number of another number $y$  if $x+y=0$ . By definition, $-x$  is the opposite number of $x$ . For example, $-2$  is the opposite number of $2$  and vice-versa. This is because $-2+2=0.$

Opposite numbers are also known as additive inverses.

## Properties

The opposite numbers satisfy the properties listed below.

1. The opposite of 0 is 0.
2. Two opposite numbers have the same absolute value. This follows from the fact that the $-a$  is the opposite number of $a$  and both have the same absolute value $|-a|=|a|$ .
3. The opposite of a positive number is the negative version of the number. The opposite of a negative number is the positive version of the number.
4. opposite numbers are located in the opposite direction on a number line having the same distance from the origin. That is, they are symmetric about the origin on a number line.
5. The sum of two opposite numbers is always zero, because $-a+a=0.$
6. The division of two non-zero opposite numbers is always $-1$ , because ${\frac {-a}{a}}={\frac {a}{-a}}=-1.$
7. Each number has a unique opposite number.