# Additive group

An **additive group** is a group of which the group operation is to be thought of as *addition* in some sense. It is usually abelian, and typically written using the symbol **+** for its binary operation.

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This terminology is widely used with structures equipped with several operations for specifying the structure obtained by forgetting the other operations. Examples include the *additive group*[1] of the integers, of a vector space and of a ring. This is particularly useful with rings and fields to distinguish the additive underlying group from the multiplicative group of the invertible elements.

## References

- Bourbaki, N. (1998) [1970], "§8.1 Rings",
*Algebra I: Chapters 1–3*, Springer, p. 97, ISBN 978-3-540-64243-5

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