Idempotence

Pronunciation: /ˈaɪ dəmˈpoʊ tns/ ?

Idempotence is a property of operations where an operation on a particular value returns that value. For example, 0 is idempotent under addition (0+0=0) and under multiplication (0·0=0). 1 is idempotent under multiplication (1·1=1).

General Definition

Given an element a of set A and an operation * on set A, a is idempotent under A if and only if a * a = a.

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