descending order


Definition of Descending Order

  • When a group of numbers is arranged in order from the greatest to the least, the numbers are said to be in Descending Order.

Example of Descending Order

  • To arrange the numbers 58, 209, 289 and 132 in descending order, we first compare each number to its adjacent number and then write the numbers in order of the greatest to the least.
    289 > 209 > 132 > 58
    So, the descending order of the numbers is 289, 209, 132, and 58.

Solved Example on Descending Order

    Arrange the numbers, 44, 200, 250 and 132, in descending order.
    Choices:
    A. 250, 200, 132, and 44
    B. 200, 250, 132, and 44
    C. 132, 250, 44, and 200
    D. 44, 132, 200, and 250
    Correct Answer: A
    Solution:
    Step 1: When numbers are placed from the greatest to the least, the numbers are said to be in descending order.
    Step 2: 250 > 200 > 132 > 44
    Step 3: So, the descending order of the numbers is 250, 200, 132, and 44.

Related Terms for Descending Order

  • Ascending order
  • Greatest
  • Least
  • Order