quo·​tient | \ ˈkwō-shənt How to pronounce quotient (audio) \

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

Examples of quotient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your addiction quotient may differ based on your values, how useful your smartphone is to you, and probably also your brain chemistry. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 7 Oct. 2021 Understand the friction quotient of different industries, journeys, moments and individual customers. Forrester, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The luxury quotient is high as well, with several high-end touches painting the Grandsphere concept as an upscale executive cruiser. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 2 Sep. 2021 Focus on tech intensity and raise technology quotient. Gaurav Aggarwal, Forbes, 23 June 2021 With no prominent Democrats running to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, Paffrath has become the de facto choice for a quotient of party faithful who oppose the recall but still want to mark their ballots with a Democratic backup candidate. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Since the end of the Trump Presidency, Republicans have been ratcheting up the doom-and-gloom quotient in their rhetoric. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 22 July 2021 Not necessarily, but leaving out significant words will definitely increase the lameness quotient. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 All were below the average happiness quotient spread across the whole of government. Philip Elliott, Time, 29 June 2021

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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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22 Oct 2021

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“Quotient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotient. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quotient

: 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 How to pronounce quotient (audio) \

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 How to pronounce quotient (audio) \

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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