nilpotent

[nil-poht-nt]
adjective Mathematics.
equal to zero when raised to a certain power.

Origin:
1865–70; nil + potent

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nilpotent

adjective
equal to zero when raised to a certain power 
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Example sentences for nilpotent
Uses synthetic differential geometry and nilpotent infinitesimals.
Commutators are used to define nilpotent and solvable groups.
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