quo·tient | \ ˈkwō-shənt \

Definition of quotient 

1 : the number resulting from the division of one number by another

2 : the numerical ratio usually multiplied by 100 between a test score and a standard value

3 : quota, share

4 : the magnitude of a specified characteristic or quality the celebrity's likability quotient is high

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This was apparently the result of disagreements over the propaganda quotient of the concert. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Will this North Korean band bring hits like ‘Our Comrade Kim Jong Un’ to South Korea?," 17 Jan. 2018 What seems to set Burnham apart from the other creative forces of his age is his high empathy quotient. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "How Bo Burnham Turns Anxiety Into a Work of Art," 12 July 2018 That pushes the festive quotient into the atmosphere. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "How to make piña coladas served in a pineapple," 11 July 2018 These parents kept my happiness quotient up a bit by being yet another support for my boy. Amy Joyce, chicagotribune.com, "The friends who made me take fifth-grade graduation seriously," 18 June 2018 An influx of European players also increased the glamour quotient, moving from shifty (Paul Gascoigne, Tony Adams) to suave (Thierry Henry, David Ginola). Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Glorious, Bizarre History of Soccer and Fashion," 18 June 2018 Stepping in to read to kids at bedtime, taking over bath time or cooking dinner makes a huge difference in a family’s overall happiness quotient. Bevone Ritchie, M.s., miamiherald, "Male role models make a huge impact on a child's life," 12 June 2018 Much as a person possessing a brilliant intellect could become an accomplished detective or a criminal mastermind, one with a superior emotional quotient has a choice between two very different paths: using their influence to help or to harm. Justin Bariso, Time, "There’s a Dark Side to Emotional Intelligence. Here’s How to Protect Yourself," 5 June 2018 The sincerity quotient was actually quite high with him. Fox News, "President Trump, Kim Jong Un set to meet in Singapore for historic summit," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of quotient

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quotient

Middle English quocient, modification of Latin quotiens how many times, from quot how many

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English Language Learners Definition of quotient

mathematics : the number that results when one number is divided by another

: the degree to which a specific quality or characteristic exists


quo·tient | \ ˈkwō-shənt \

Kids Definition of quotient

: the number obtained by dividing one number by another Dividing 10 by 5 gives a quotient of 2.


quo·tient | \ ˈkwō-shənt \

Medical Definition of quotient 

: the numerical ratio usually multiplied by 100 between a test score and a measurement on which that score might be expected largely to depend

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