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Mathematical Relational Operator: Greater Than

Namya brought ladies handbags of various sizes starting from size 9 to 21. Suppose bag 1 is of size 12, bag 2 of size 11, bag 3 of size 18, and bag 4 of size 20. Now, to arrange these bags starting from a bigger size to a smaller one, we have the following order:


Size 20 is greater than 18, 18 is greater than 12, 12 is greater than 11. So, here greater than shows the relationship of four numbers with each other, like we did above. We see that greater than is a mathematical operator.


Here, on this page, we will discuss one of the renowned operators “greater than” with certain examples.


Examples of Greater Than: Comparing Numbers


Tip to remember a greater than sign


Example 1: 

Let us assume that class A has students with the following roll numbers:

  • 23

  • 12

  • 14

  • 18

  • 25

  • 26

Now, let us arrange the numbers by using the concept of ‘greater than’ operator:


Here, the order is:

26 is greater than 25, 25 is greater than 23, 23 is greater than 18, 18 is greater than 14, and 14 is greater than 12.


Now, to minimise our efforts of writing, we replace greater than with ‘>’ sign, which also means the same, so let us write it as:

26 > 25 > 23 > 18 > 14 > 12


Example 2: Niyama bought chocolates at various prices, such as c1 of Rs. 45, c2 of Rs. 34, c3 of Rs. 30, and c4 of Rs. 90.


Now, she arranges these chocolates as the size starting from high price to a lower price, which is:

c4 > c1 > c2 > c3 


Here, on changing the order of price, the sign also changes in the following way:

c3 < c2 < c1 < c4


So, this is how we can arrange any item/object in terms of greater than ‘>’ by taking various real-life examples.

FAQs on Greater Number

1. What does greater than or equal mean?

The sign of greater than or equal represents inequality in Maths. For example, Class A has two students with roll numbers 20 and 15. Similarly, Class B has two students of roll number 10 and 15. 


Here, on comparing roll numbers of Class A with B, we notice that Class A has 20 greater than both 10 and 15. However, the second roll number 15 > 10 and 15 is equal to 15. This ‘15’ is greater than 10 and equal to 15. 

2. How do you use greater than symbol in a sentence?

Let us say that 4 > 2. Here, we know that 4 is actually larger than 2, so we write our symbol with the open mouth of an alligator pointing at the four. So, we read the statement as '4 is greater than 2.