# How do you solve  | - 9| + ( - 14)?

Mar 13, 2018

$- 5$

#### Explanation:

The absolute value is the distance of a number from zero (thus, any positive number's absolute value is the number itself, and any negative number's is its opposite).

$| \setminus - 9 | \rightarrow$ The absolute value of -9 would be 9

Adding a negative is the same as subtracting the opposite of the negative:

$9 - 14 = - 5$