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
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 state’s growth quotient, Urbanik said, is 4.2% for the coming year, better than expected. Amy Lavalley, chicagotribune.com, "Pandemic revenue hit puts Porter County on lean footing as 2021 budget talks begin," 11 Sep. 2020 By embracing a more mindful eating approach and upping the nutrition quotient in the occasional comfort food indulgence. San Diego Union-Tribune, "My ultimate comfort food: stuffed shells," 9 Sep. 2020 If Johnny Cueto is moved to another team before Monday’s 1 p.m. trade deadline, the Giants’ fun quotient will take a serious hit. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants relish in joy of Johnny Cueto on eve of trade deadline," 30 Aug. 2020 Donald Trump has undone so many norms in America, maybe the charisma quotient was just one more. al, "This election is different," 23 Aug. 2020 With Saturday’s no-doubter, the scary quotient now rises to full-on 9. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Maximum Security romps in no-doubter at Del Mar’s Pacific Classic," 22 Aug. 2020 Aggie donated $100 million to increase the justice quotient in this country. Bryan Stevenson, Town & Country, "Agnes Gund Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is," 17 June 2020 Basically, the engine just isn't up to the fun quotient of the suspension. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1982 Toyota Celica GT-S Highlights the Joys of Rear-Wheel Drive," 19 June 2020 Here are three ways to boost your happiness quotient. Dallas News, "Happiness hacks: Here are three ways to achieve a happier you," 7 June 2020

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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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15 Sep 2020

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“Quotient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotient. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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 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.


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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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