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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Yet whatever the actual truth quotient of either, neither can be easily neglected nor altogether rejected. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "The Curious Parallels Between Trump and Kaiser Wilhelm II," 22 Oct. 2018 These are diners that are serious not only about food but also a high good-times quotient and the comfort of knowing the servers. Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Restaurants in Paris," 4 Mar. 2018 But her oversize Audrey Hepburn-esque shades really upped the Astrid quotient. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Crazy Rich Asians Star Gemma Chan Champions Asian Fashion Talent—and the New Fall Florals," 5 Sep. 2018 To heighten the color quotient even more, Ann Getty added club chairs upholstered in a vivid magenta to the seating area around a fireplace. Kate Betts, ELLE Decor, "All in the Family," 17 Aug. 2011 With sponsors like Vera Wang, Max Azria, Marchesa, Chanel, and Giorgio Armani (just to name a few), the style quotient will be beyond imagination. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Fabulous Event for a Fabulous Cause," 18 June 2010 Beiber embraced his inner bro in a black T-shirt over basketball shorts work with socks and Nike sandals; Baldwin upped the fashion quotient in a glossy leather jacket paired with light wash jeans and an Adidas sports bra. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Take Couples Style to the Next Level," 22 June 2018 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

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

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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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