quan·​ti·​fi·​er ˈkwän-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce quantifier (audio)
: one that quantifies: such as
: a prefixed operator that binds the variables in a logical formula by specifying their quantity
: a limiting noun modifier (such as five in "the five young men") expressive of quantity and characterized by occurrence before the descriptive adjectives in a noun phrase

Examples of quantifier in a Sentence

“Five” in “the five men” is a quantifier.
Recent Examples on the Web Is there a way a quantifier can be applied? Brandon Pena, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The research could be a major step forward in ocean greenhouse gas monitoring, because until now, measuring CO2 concentrations — a quantifier of ocean acidification — was mostly done from ships, buoys and moorings tethered to the ocean floor. Mark Thiessen, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2022 Here’s an example of a problem with alternating quantifiers: Given X, does there exist Y such that for every Z there exists W such that R happens? Quanta Magazine, 16 July 2018 The New York Times profile on Harris also uses Sanders supporters as some sort of quantifier of success. Michael Arceneaux, Essence.com, 24 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quantifier was in 1876

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“Quantifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantifier. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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