An ordered pair consists of two terms—the **abscissa** (horizontal, usually x) and the **ordinate** (vertical, usually y)—which define the location of a point in two-dimensional rectangular space.

### Is abscissa X or Y?

The distance of a point from the y-axis on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the x-axis. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 2 as its abscissa

### Is the ordinate the x or y axis?

The distance of a point from the **x**–**axis** on a graph in the Cartesian coordinate system. It is measured parallel to the **y**–**axis**. For example, a point having coordinates (2,3) has 3 as its **ordinate**

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