The
highest precedence unary operator **abs** (absolute value) is predefined
for every specific numeric type *T*, with the following specification:

The
highest precedence unary operator **not** (logical negation) is predefined
for every boolean type *T*, every modular type *T*, and for
every one-dimensional array type *T* whose components are of a boolean
type, with the following specification:

The result of the operator **not** for a modular
type is defined as the difference between the high bound of the base
range of the type and the value of the operand. [For a binary modulus,
this corresponds to a bit-wise complement of the binary representation
of the value of the operand.]

The operator **not** that applies to a one-dimensional
array of boolean components yields a one-dimensional boolean array with
the same bounds; each component of the result is obtained by logical
negation of the corresponding component of the operand (that is, the
component that has the same index value). A
check is made that each component of the result belongs to the component
subtype; the exception Constraint_Error is raised if this check fails.

The
highest precedence *exponentiation* operator ** is predefined for
every specific integer type *T* with the following specification:

Exponentiation is also
predefined for every specific floating point type as well as *root_real*,
with the following specification (where *T* is *root_real*
or the floating point type):

{*AI05-0088-1*}
The right operand of an exponentiation is the *exponent*.
The value of expression
X**N with the value of the exponent N positive is the
same as the value of equivalent to the expression
X*X*...X (with N–1 multiplications) except that the multiplications
are associated in an arbitrary order. With N equal to zero, the result
is one. With the value of N negative [(only defined for a floating point
operand)], the result is the reciprocal of the result using the absolute
value of N as the exponent.

The implementation of exponentiation
for the case of a negative exponent is allowed to raise Constraint_Error
if the intermediate result of the repeated multiplications is outside
the safe range of the type, even though the final result (after taking
the reciprocal) would not be. (The best machine approximation to the
final result in this case would generally be 0.0.)

NOTES

19 As
implied by the specification given above for exponentiation of an integer
type, a check is made that the exponent is not negative. Constraint_Error
is raised if this check fails.

{*8652/0100*}
{*AI95-00018-01*}
The definition of "**"
allows arbitrary association of the multiplications which make up the
result. Ada 83 required left-to-right associations (confirmed by AI83-00137).
Thus it is possible that "**" would provide a slightly different
(and more potentially accurate) answer in Ada 95 than in the same Ada
83 program.

We now show the specification for "**"
for integer types with a parameter subtype of Natural rather than Integer
for the exponent. This reflects the fact that Constraint_Error is raised
if a negative value is provided for the exponent.

{*AI05-0088-1*}
**Correction:** The equivalence definition for
"**" was corrected so that it does not imply that the operands
are evaluated multiple times.

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