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nilpotent

[nil-poht-nt] /nɪlˈpoʊt nt/
adjective, Mathematics
1.
equal to zero when raised to a certain power.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; nil + potent
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  • Uses synthetic differential geometry and nilpotent infinitesimals.
  • Commutators are used to define nilpotent and solvable groups.

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