# SOLUTION: I need help understanding what the abscissa and the ordinate is in the ordered pair(12,-7)?

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 Click here to see ALL problems on Graphs Question 174967: I need help understanding what the abscissa and the ordinate is in the ordered pair(12,-7)?Answer by Mathtut(3670)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!its simply a definition.....there really is nothing to understand : the abcissa is the x coordinate and the ordinate is the y coordinate so in the ordered pair (3,4) : 3 is the abcissa and 4 is the ordinate : in (12,-7) : abcissa is 12 ordinate is -7