quotient

noun

quo·​tient ˈkwō-shənt How to pronounce quotient (audio)
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
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 The value quotient is a forward-looking metric that can indicate the financial success of a product. Arthur Zaczkiewicz, WWD, 10 July 2024 That is the lowest quotient for late spring since 2020, when the pandemic hobbled the housing market. Daniel De Visé, USA TODAY, 9 July 2024 Ramping up the quotient of fake reports in its torrent of online propaganda will only increase the perception that ISIS is untrustworthy. Michael S. Smith Ii, Foreign Affairs, 9 Oct. 2017 His rhetoric-to-substance quotient has always been high. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for quotient 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quotient was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Quotient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotient. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

quotient

noun
quo·​tient ˈkwō-shənt How to pronounce quotient (audio)
: the number resulting from the division of one number by another
dividing 10 by 5 gives a quotient of 2
Etymology

Middle English quocient, an altered form of Latin quotiens "how many times?"

Medical Definition

quotient

noun
quo·​tient ˈkwō-shənt How to pronounce quotient (audio)
: 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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