open sentence

noun

: a statement (as in mathematics) that contains at least one blank or unknown and that becomes true or false when the blank is filled or a quantity is substituted for the unknown

Examples of open sentence in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of open sentence was in 1937

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“Open sentence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/open%20sentence. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

open sentence

noun
: a statement (as in mathematics) that contains at least one blank or unknown and that becomes true or false when the blank is filled or a quantity is substituted for the unknown
"n + 5 = 3" and "It is divisible by 6" are open sentences

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