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The Python abs() function is used to return absolute value of a number. Absolute value of a number is defined as its distance from 0 on a number line and it is always positive.

Syntax

abs(number)

Parameters

number Required. A number.

Example: Absolute value of a number

In the below example, abs() function is used to find out the absolute value of a given number.

MyNumber = 3.5
print(abs(MyNumber))

MyNumber = -5.5
print(abs(MyNumber))

The output of the above code will be:

3.5

5.5

Example: Absolute value of a complex number

Absolute value of a complex number is defined as its distance from origin on Argand plane. The abs() function can also be used to find out the absolute value of a given complex number.

MyNumber = 3+4j
print(abs(MyNumber))

The output of the above code will be:

5.0

❮ Python Built-in Functions