Torsion-free group

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A group is said to be torsion-free or aperiodic if it has no non-identity periodic element, or equivalently, if there is no non-identity element of finite order.

(The term aperiodic is sometimes also used with slightly different meanings, so torsion-free is the more unambiguous term).


Metaproperty name Satisfied? Proof Statement with symbols
quasivarietal group property Yes torsion-freeness is quasivarietal The condition of being torsion-free can be described by a collection of quasi-identities.
subgroup-closed group property Yes torsion-freeness is subgroup-closed Suppose G is a torsion-free group and H is a subgroup of G. Then, H is also a torsion-free group.
quotient-closed group property No torsion-freeness is not quotient-closed It is possible to have a torsion-free group G and a normal subgroup H of G such that the quotient group G/H is not a torsion-free group.
direct product-closed group property Yes torsion-freeness is direct product-closed If G_i, i \in I, are all torsion-free groups, so is the external direct product \prod_{i \in I} G_i.

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Stronger properties

Prime-parametrized version