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std::strong_ordering

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Defined in header <compare>
class strong_ordering;
(since C++20)

The class type std::strong_ordering is the result type of a three-way comparison that

  • admits all six relational operators (==, !=, <, <=, >, >=)
  • implies substitutability: if a is equivalent to b, f(a) is also equivalent to f(b), where f denotes a function that reads only comparison-salient state that is accessible via the argument's public const members. In other words, equivalent values are indistinguishable.
  • does not allow incomparable values: at least one of a < b, a == b, and a > b must be true

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[edit] Constants

The type std::strong_ordering has four valid values, implemented as const static data members of its type:

Member constant Definition
less(inline constexpr)
[static]
a valid value of the type std::strong_ordering indicating less-than (ordered before) relationship
(public static member constant)
equivalent(inline constexpr)
[static]
a valid value of the type std::strong_ordering indicating equivalence (neither ordered before nor ordered after)
(public static member constant)
equal(inline constexpr)
[static]
a valid value of the type std::strong_ordering indicating equivalence (neither ordered before nor ordered after)
(public static member constant)
greater(inline constexpr)
[static]
a valid value of the type std::strong_ordering indicating greater-than (ordered after) relationship
(public static member constant)

[edit] Conversions

std::strong_ordering is the strongest of the five comparison categories: it is not implicitly-convertible from any other category and is implicitly-convertible to the other four.

operator strong_equality
implicit conversion to std::strong_equality
(public member function)

std::strong_ordering::operator strong_equality

constexpr operator strong_equality() const noexcept;

Return value

std::strong_equality::equal if v is equivalent or equal, std::strong_equality::nonequal if v is less or greater.

operator weak_equality
implicit conversion to std::weak_equality
(public member function)

std::strong_ordering::operator weak_equality

constexpr operator weak_equality() const noexcept;

Return value

std::weak_equality::equivalent if v is equal or equivalent, std::weak_equality::nonequivalent if v is less or greater.

operator partial_ordering
implicit conversion to std::partial_ordering
(public member function)

std::strong_ordering::operator partial_ordering

constexpr operator partial_ordering() const noexcept;

Return value

std::partial_ordering::less if v is less, std::partial_ordering::greater if v is greater, std::partial_ordering::equivalent if v is equal or equivalent.

operator weak_ordering
implicit conversion to std::weak_ordering
(public member function)

std::strong_ordering::operator weak_ordering

constexpr operator weak_ordering() const noexcept;

Return value

std::weak_ordering::less if v is less, std::weak_ordering::greater if v is greater, std::weak_ordering::equivalent if v is equal or equivalent.

[edit] Comparisons

Comparison operators are defined between values of this type and literal zero. This supports the expressions a <=> b == 0 or a <=> b < 0 that can be used to convert the result of a three-way comparison operator to a boolean relationship; see std::is_eq, std::is_lt, etc

operator==operator!=operator<operator>operator<=operator>=
compares with zero
(function)

operator==

friend constexpr bool operator==(strong_ordering v, /*unspecified*/ u) noexcept;
friend constexpr bool operator==(/*unspecified*/ u, strong_ordering v) noexcept;

Parameters

v - a std::strong_ordering value to check
u - an unused parameter of any type that accepts literal zero argument

Return value

true if v is equivalent or equal, false if v is less or greater

operator!=

friend constexpr bool operator!=(strong_ordering v, /*unspecified*/ u) noexcept;
friend constexpr bool operator!=(/*unspecified*/ u, strong_ordering v) noexcept;

Parameters

v - a std::strong_ordering value to check
u - an unused parameter of any type that accepts literal zero argument

Return value

true if v is less or greater, and false if v is equivalent or equal

operator<

friend constexpr bool operator<(strong_ordering v, /*unspecified*/ u) noexcept;
friend constexpr bool operator<(/*unspecified*/ u, strong_ordering v) noexcept;

Parameters

v - a std::strong_ordering value to check
u - an unused parameter of any type that accepts literal zero argument

Return value

true if v is less, and false if v is greater, equivalent, or equal

operator<=

friend constexpr bool operator<=(strong_ordering v, /*unspecified*/ u) noexcept;
friend constexpr bool operator<=(/*unspecified*/ u, strong_ordering v) noexcept;

Parameters

v - a std::strong_ordering value to check
u - an unused parameter of any type that accepts literal zero argument

Return value

true if v is less, equivalent, or equal, and false if v is greater

operator>

friend constexpr bool operator>(strong_ordering v, /*unspecified*/ u) noexcept;
friend constexpr bool operator>(/*unspecified*/ u, strong_ordering v) noexcept;

Parameters

v - a std::strong_ordering value to check
u - an unused parameter of any type that accepts literal zero argument

Return value

true if v is greater, and false if v is less, equivalent, or equal

operator>=

friend constexpr bool operator>=(strong_ordering v, /*unspecified*/ u) noexcept;
friend constexpr bool operator>=(/*unspecified*/ u, strong_ordering v) noexcept;

Parameters

v - a std::strong_ordering value to check
u - an unused parameter of any type that accepts literal zero argument

Return value

true if v is greater, equivalent, or equal, and false if v is less

[edit] Example

[edit] See also

the result type of 3-way comparison that supports all 6 operators and is not substitutable
(class) [edit]
the result type of 3-way comparison that supports all 6 operators, is not substitutable, and allows incomparable values
(class) [edit]
the result type of 3-way comparison that supports only equality/inequality and is substitutable
(class) [edit]
the result type of 3-way comparison that supports only equality/inequality and is not substitutable
(class) [edit]