# LocalDate minusMonths() Method in Java

Java 8Object Oriented ProgrammingProgramming

An immutable copy of the LocalDate where the months are subtracted from it can be obtained using the minusMonths() method in the LocalDate class in Java. This method requires a single parameter i.e. the number of months to be subtracted and it returns the instant with the subtracted months.

A program that demonstrates this is given as follows −

## Example

Live Demo

import java.time.*;
public class Demo {
public static void main(String[] args) {
LocalDate ld1 = LocalDate.parse("2019-02-14");
System.out.println("The LocalDate is: " + ld1);
LocalDate ld2 = ld1.minusMonths(3);
System.out.println("The LocalDate after subtracting 3 months is: " + ld2);
}
}

## Output

The LocalDate is: 2019-02-14
The LocalDate after subtracting 3 months is: 2018-11-14

Now let us understand the above program.

First the LocalDate is displayed. Then an immutable copy of the LocalDate where 3 months are subtracted is obtained using the minusMonths() method and this is displayed. A code snippet that demonstrates this is as follows −

LocalDate ld1 = LocalDate.parse("2019-02-14");
System.out.println("The LocalDate is: " + ld1);
LocalDate ld2 = ld1.minusMonths(3);
System.out.println("The LocalDate after subtracting 3 months is: " + ld2);
Published on 26-Mar-2019 05:35:18