Definition:Left Cancellable Operation

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Let $\struct {S, \circ}$ be an algebraic structure.

The operation $\circ$ in $\struct {S, \circ}$ is left cancellable if and only if:

$\forall a, b, c \in S: a \circ b = a \circ c \implies b = c$

That is, if and only if all elements of $\struct {S, \circ}$ are left cancellable.

Also known as

An object that is cancellable can also be referred to as cancellative.

Hence the property of being cancellable is also referred to on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ as cancellativity.

Some authors use regular to mean cancellable, but this usage can be ambiguous so is not generally endorsed.

Also see

  • Results about cancellability can be found here.