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Absolute Value

The absolute value of a number is its distance from zero on the number line. For example, -7 is 7 units away from zero, so its absolute value would be 7. And 7 is also 7 units away from zero, so its absolute value would also be 7.

Thus, the absolute value of a number refers to the magnitude of the number, without regard to its sign. The absolute value of -1 and 1 is 1, the absolute value of -2 and 2 is 2, the absolute value of -3 and 3 is 3, and so on.