# Is 0 the smallest whole number

Zero **is** a whole number **if** you are referring to the **non-negative** integers, or **all** integers.

The term 'whole number' does not have a consistent definition. Various authors use it in one of the following senses:

- the non-negative integers (0, 1, 2, 3, ...)
- the positive integers (1, 2, 3, ...)
- all integers (..., -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, ...).

**However there is another opinion**:

0 (called "zero" or "nil") means "nothing exists" so 0 cannot be a real number at all.

So the smallest **whole** number is 1. (Also known as "one" or "unity".)

*Because it is the "magnitude" or "size" of the number which is being asked about in this kind of question - and not its "polarity" or "sign" - the previous sentence remains true no matter whether we are considering positive or negative whole numbers.*

**Yet another opinion**

Here are some relevant mathematical statements:

- 1 (One) is the smallest number.
- Any expression that computes to a value which is less than 1, no matter how small, is always just a label stating a mathematical expression such as 1/3, 0.3333(recurring), 1/1000, 0.001, 1/(zillions of zillions), etc. and that expression must, by definition, always relate back to the smallest number, which is 1.
- The number 0 ("zero" or "nil") is always just a plain label, worth nothing because it has no magnitude, which was invented as a label specifically to be able to state: "There is no number having any value or magnitude present in this place."
- Because zero is always worth nothing because it has no magnitude, it is always JUST a symbol, a plain label, etc., so it can be neither a "whole" number nor a "small" number nor the "smallest" number.

Is there anything proven which actually contradicts the "mathematical hypothesis about the smallest number" which is summarized by those last four statements?

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