### noun

MathematicsA function, set element, etc., that can be said to be inferior to, or to constitute the lower bound of, another mathematical entity of the same type, according to a particular criterion; specifically (a) a function whose absolute value for any value of the argument is not greater than the corresponding absolute value of a given function; (b) an element of an ordered set that is less than or equal to every element of a given subset.

### adjective

MathematicsDesignating or characteristic of a minorant.

**Origin**

1930s; earliest use found in Annals of Mathematics. From minor + -ant.

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