Why can't the degree of a monomial ever be negative?

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Why can't the degree of a monomial ever be negative?

Degree of a Monomial:

In mathematics, a monomial is a single term of a polynomial, so it is a product of constants, variables, and/or positive integer powers of variables. The degree of a monomial is defined as the sum of the exponents of the variables of the monomial.

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The degree of a monomial can never be negative due to the definition of a monomial. By definition, a monomial is a single term consisting of a product...

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Monomial: Definition, Examples & Factors

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