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If one of the numbers is negative, but the other is positive, then the product is negative - and therefore smaller than both numbers in the question. For example, 2 x -4 = -8.

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Also, whenever the absolute magnitude of both factors is less than ' 1 ',

the absolute magnitude of the product is less than either factor.

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