# Convert number: 42 in Roman numerals, how to write?

## Latest conversions of Arabic numbers to Roman numerals

 215,466 = (C)(C)(X)(V)CDLXVI Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 201,049 = (C)(C)MXLIX Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 156,104 = (C)(L)(V)MCIV Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 1,235,109 = (M)(C)(C)(X)(X)(X)(V)CIX Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 94,037 = (X)(C)M(V)XXXVII Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 42 = XLII Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 12,975 = (X)MMCMLXXV Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 1,045,680 = (M)(X)(L)(V)DCLXXX Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 9,488 = M(X)CDLXXXVIII Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 18,348 = (X)(V)MMMCCCXLVIII Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 37,589 = (X)(X)(X)(V)MMDLXXXIX Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 136,719 = (C)(X)(X)(X)(V)MDCCXIX Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) 143,204 = (C)(X)(L)MMMCCIV Nov 26 01:11 UTC (GMT) converted numbers, see more...

## The set of basic symbols of the Roman system of writing numerals

• ### (*) M = 1,000,000 or |M| = 1,000,000 (one million); see below why we prefer this notation: (M) = 1,000,000.

(*) These numbers were written with an overline (a bar above) or between two vertical lines. Instead, we prefer to write these larger numerals between brackets, ie: "(" and ")", because:

• 1) when compared to the overline - it is easier for the computer users to add brackets around a letter than to add the overline to it and
• 2) when compared to the vertical lines - it avoids any possible confusion between the vertical line "|" and the Roman numeral "I" (1).

(*) An overline (a bar over the symbol), two vertical lines or two brackets around the symbol indicate "1,000 times". See below...

Logic of the numerals written between brackets, ie: (L) = 50,000; the rule is that the initial numeral, in our case, L, was multiplied by 1,000: L = 50 => (L) = 50 × 1,000 = 50,000. Simple.

(*) At the beginning Romans did not use numbers larger than 3,999; as a result they had no symbols in their system for these larger numbers, they were added on later and for them various different notations were used, not necessarily the ones we've just seen above.

Thus, initially, the largest number that could be written using Roman numerals was:

• MMMCMXCIX = 3,999.