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Operator Precedence

Introduction

Python operators have a set order of precedence, which determines what operators are evaluated first in a potentially ambiguous expression. For instance, in the expression 3 * 2 + 7, first 3 is multiplied by 2, and then the result is added to 7, yielding 13. The expression is not evaluated the other way around, because * has a higher precedence than +.

Below is a list of operators by precedence, and a brief description of what they (usually) do.

Remarks

From the Python documentation:

The following table summarizes the operator precedences in Python, from lowest precedence (least binding) to highest precedence (most binding). Operators in the same box have the same precedence. Unless the syntax is explicitly given, operators are binary. Operators in the same box group left to right (except for comparisons, including tests, which all have the same precedence and chain from left to right and exponentiation, which groups from right to left).

OperatorDescription
lambdaLambda expression
if – elseConditional expression
orBoolean OR
andBoolean AND
not xBoolean NOT
in, not in, is, is not, <, <=, >, >=, <>, !=, ==Comparisons, including membership tests and identity tests
|Bitwise OR
^Bitwise XOR
&Bitwise AND
<<, >>Shifts
+, -Addition and subtraction
*, /, //, %Multiplication, division, remainder [8]
+x, -x, ~xPositive, negative, bitwise NOT
**Exponentiation [9]
x[index], x[index:index], x(arguments...), x.attributeSubscription, slicing, call, attribute reference
(expressions...), [expressions...], {key: value...}, expressions...Binding or tuple display, list display, dictionary display, string conversion

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