Let $A$ be a non-singular square matrix. We know that $A \cdot \operatorname{adj}A = \det A \cdot I$. This implies that $\det\left(\operatorname{adj} A\right) = \left(\det A\right)^{n-1}$. Hence $\operatorname{adj} A$ is non-singular.

But how to understand it in terms of linearly independent rows or columns?

It means that when each entry of a non singular matrix is replaced by its co-factor, linear independence of rows and columns is preserved. I have no idea how to think about it. Any help is highly appreciated. Thanks!

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    $\begingroup$ Normally, adjugates are not understood to be related to linear dependence (though I would be happy to learn otherwise), so the proof you sketched using determinants seems to be the best one to me. $\endgroup$ Aug 10, 2015 at 11:30

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Not what you asked but I want to sat that there is a more general theorem saying that

a. If $A$ is invertible then adj$(A)$ is invertible.

b. If rank$(A)=n-1$, ($A$ is an $n\times n$ matrix), then rank$($adj$(A)=1$.

c. If rank$(A)<n-1$, adj$(A)=0$.

If rank$(A)<n-1$ then the determinant of all the $n-1\times n-1$ submatrices is zero.

If rank$(A)=n-1$, then since adj$(A)\cdot A=0$ it follows that col$(A)\subseteq$ker$(adj(A))$. Since dim(col$(A))=rank(A)$ the result follows.


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