Engel group

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A group G is termed an Engel group or nil group or nilgroup, if, given any two elements x,y \in G, there exists a n such that the iterated commutator:

[[ \dots [x,y],y],y],\dots],y] = e

where e denotes the identity element, and y occurs n times.

If there exists a n that works for all pairs of elements of G, then we say that G is a n-Engel group. A n-Engel group, for some n, is termed a bounded Engel group. Note that sometimes the term Engel group is used for bounded Engel group.

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