Unary operators overloading in C++


The unary operators operate on a single operand and following are the examples of Unary operators:

The unary operators operate on the object for which they were called and normally, this operator appears on the left side of the object, as in !obj, -obj, and ++obj but sometime they can be used as postfix as well like obj++ or obj--.

Following example explain how minus (-) operator can be overloaded for prefix as well as postfix usage.

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
class Distance {
      int feet;             // 0 to infinite
      int inches;           // 0 to 12
      // required constructors
         feet = 0;
         inches = 0;
      Distance(int f, int i){
         feet = f;
         inches = i;
      // method to display distance
      void displayDistance() {
         cout << "F: " << feet << " I:" << inches <<endl;
      // overloaded minus (-) operator
      Distance operator- () {
         return Distance(-feet, -inches);

int main() {
   Distance D1(11, 10), D2(-5, 11);
   -D1;                     // apply negation
   D1.displayDistance();    // display D1

   -D2;                     // apply negation
   D2.displayDistance();    // display D2

   return 0;

When the above code is compiled and executed, it produces the following result:

F: 11 I:10
F: -5 I:11

Hope above example makes your concept clear and you can apply similar concept to overload Logical Not Operators (!).