quan·​ti·​fi·​er | \ ˈkwän-tə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce quantifier (audio) \

Definition of quantifier

: one that quantifies: such as
a : a prefixed operator that binds the variables in a logical formula by specifying their quantity
b : 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 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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First Known Use of quantifier

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Quantifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantifier. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quantifier

grammar : a word or number (such as "many," "few," "some," "two," or "2") that is used with a noun to show the amount of something

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