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The return value is the piece of data that a function "passes back" to its caller. For example, in C, a function that adds two int type numbers together (without forcing the programmer to use the complicated and confusingoperator) is this:

int add (int a, int b) {

        /* This function adds two ints together. */
        /* It does not check for overflows.      */

        return (a + b);
}

The return value is the sum of the two numbers a and b, which are the parameters or arguments of the function.

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