## Syntax and Definition

`object.__trunc__(self)`

The Python `__trunc__()`

method implements the behavior of the `math.trunc()`

function. For example, if you attempt to call `math.trunc(x)`

, Python will run the `x.__trunc__()`

method to obtain the return value.

We call this a *“Dunder Method”* for *“ Double Underscore Method”* (also called

*“magic method”*). To get a list of all dunder methods with explanation, check out our dunder cheat sheet article on this blog.

🛑 The built-in function `int()`

falls back to `__trunc__()`

if both magic methods `__int__()`

and `__index__()`

are undefined.

## Example

The following code snippet overrides the `__trunc__()`

dunder method to return the “rounded down” age of a `Person`

when you pass an object of type `Person`

into the `math.trunc()`

function:

import math class Person: def __init__(self, age): self.age = age def __trunc__(self): return 99 alice = Person(42.99999) print(math.trunc(alice)) # 99 bob = Person(42.0) print(math.trunc(bob)) # 99

## How to fix “TypeError: type XXX doesn’t define __trunc__ method”?

Note that without defining the `__floor__()`

method, Python would’ve raised a `TypeError`

:

import math class Person: def __init__(self, age): self.age = age alice = Person(42.99999) print(math.trunc(alice))

Output:

Traceback (most recent call last): File "C:\Users\xcent\Desktop\code.py", line 11, in <module> print(math.trunc(alice)) TypeError: type Person doesn't define __trunc__ method

To fix this `TypeError`

, simply define the `__trunc__()`

method as outlined in the first code snippet in this article.

## Background

The **truncation function** takes a real number `x`

and returns its integer part `n`

. (Unlike `⌈⋅⌉`

and `⌊⋅⌋`

, there isn’t a standard way of writing the truncation function.)

The `math.trunc()`

method does the same thing as `int()`

applied to floats. If you write a number `x`

as a decimal, then `math.trunc()`

returns the integer part to the left of the decimal point. Its output has class `int`

.

import math lst = [1.5, 3, -6.2, math.pi, 0, 2.71828, 29.0 , -91.312, math.sqrt(2)] for x in lst: print("math.trunc(" + str(x) + "): " + str(math.trunc(x)))

Output:

math.trunc(1.5): 1 math.trunc(3): 3 math.trunc(-6.2): -6 math.trunc(3.141592653589793): 3 math.trunc(0): 0 math.trunc(2.71828): 2 math.trunc(29.0): 29 math.trunc(-91.312): -91 math.trunc(1.4142135623730951): 1

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