Definition: Always a positive number, refers to the distance of a number from 0, the distances are positive. |

This is why absolute value is never negative; absolute value only

asks "how far?", not "in which direction?". This means that | 3 | = 3,

because 3 is three units to the right of zero, and also | –3 | = 3,

because –3 is three units to the left of zero.

asks "how far?", not "in which direction?". This means that | 3 | = 3,

because 3 is three units to the right of zero, and also | –3 | = 3,

because –3 is three units to the left of zero.

Negative Numbers (-)

Positive Numbers (+)

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number or expression for which you wish to indicate absolute value.

|6| = 6 means the absolute value of 6 is 6.

|6| = 6 means the absolute value of 6 is 6.

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