# What are opposite operations? Definition and examples

Opposite operations are two operations that undo each other.

**Addition and subtraction** are opposite operations because adding a number and subtracting the same number will give you the value you started with.

**Example**

6 + 2 = 8

8 - 2 = 6

## Other examples of opposite operations

**Multiplication and division** are opposite operations

8 × 3 = 24

24 ÷ 3 = 8

**Exponentiation and taking roots** are opposite operations

Square root

9^{2} = 81

√81 = 9

Cube root

2^{3} = 8

Cube root of 8 = 2

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