# abs()

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Published May 10, 2021Updated Oct 13, 2023
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The `abs()` function returns the absolute value of a numeric argument.

## Syntax

``````abs(n)
``````

Return value is the absolute value of the `n` parameter, which is of type `int` or `float`.

The absolute value of `n` will be its distance from zero regardless of its direction (i.e., whether it is positive or negative). Since the absolute value is never negative, a positive value will remain unchanged and a negative value will have its negative sign removed.

## Example

In the example below, the absolute values of two variables, `positive` and `negative`, are returned with the `abs()` function:

```positive = 10negative = -3.5
print(abs(positive))
print(abs(negative))
```

This will produce the following output:

```103.5
```

## Codebyte Example

The following example returns the absolute value from each element in the `numbers` list:

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