I need the symbol "dot over dash" or "dot over minus", but I am unable to find it in a list of LaTeX symbols. When composing it via \dot{-}, the dot is so hight, that it looks weired. It should look like this:

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Did I overlook the symbol in the list or how can I compose it?

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    have you looked for it in this list?
    – Nils L
    Commented May 14, 2013 at 9:39
  • I can’t post this as an answer, but an alternative to morbusg’s/egreg’s solution which does not need arbitrary shifts, and also uses a less heavy dot (which I find more pleasing to the eye) is \mathbin{\scriptstyle\dot{\smash{\textstyle-}}}. One can define a macro working also in sub/superscripts with \newcommand\dotminus{\mathbin{\mathchoice{\scriptstyle\dodotminus\displaystyle}{\scriptstyle\dodotminus\textstyle}{\scriptscriptstyle\dodotminus\scriptstyle}{\scriptscriptstyle\dodotminus\scriptscriptstyle}}} \newcommand\dodotminus[1]{\dot{\smash{#1-}}}. Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 16:40
  • I also observe that while plain \mathbin{\dot-} looks awful in LaTeX, it works just perfect in Mathjax, strangely enough. Commented Nov 4, 2013 at 16:43
  • @ManuelFaux Could you help to comment how to input the symbol "dot over dash" ?
    – SOUser
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 13:29

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According to the Comprehensive List of LateX symbols (a very useful guide, by the way), the \dotdiv command (part of the mathabx package) produces the desired operator.

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    many of the symbols in mathabx have different shapes than those in computer modern. what's probably best here is to load just the particular symbol(s) needed. see Importing a Single Symbol From a Different Font for the method. Commented May 14, 2013 at 12:26
  • @ach Could you help to comment how to input the symbol "dot over dash" ?
    – SOUser
    Commented Apr 26, 2018 at 13:29

A variation of morbusg solution that works also for subscripts and superscripts.




$a\dotminus b_{c\dotminus d}$ \fbox{$\dotminus$}

$a-b_{c-d}$ \fbox{$-$}

The formulas are repeated with - to see that the space occupied is the same.

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Here's a try at building one:


$ a \dotminus b $

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The official unicode name is dot minus, and among the packages that have it is mnsymbol:


$a \dotminus b$

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    That solution works, but the mnsymbol package changes my other symbols (e.g. the equals sign gets narrower). Commented May 14, 2013 at 10:00
  • The issue is that mnsymbol (unlike, say, amssymb) is not just a motley collection of supplementary symbols for Computer Modern: it’s a mathematics support package for documents using Adobe Minion, and should therefore not be used unless the text font is also changed. Commented Mar 23, 2021 at 21:41

If using unicode-math is an option, you could input it directly

    \setmathfont{XITS Math}
    $A ∸ B = θ$

Result of the above code

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