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 By this point, Thomas had taken a battery of more formal diagnostic tests—including those, like the empathy quotient, which are often used in clinical contexts. Alex Barasch, The New Yorker, "Josh Thomas’s Comedy of Self-Diagnosis," 5 Apr. 2021 Its Belgian inventor, the mathematician Adolphe Quetelet, devised the quotient sometime between 1830 and 1850 as a part of his study of social physics, which is the science of understanding and modeling the behavior of crowds. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, "Then and Now: Body mass," 4 Mar. 2021 Wilson ramped up the shed's cuteness quotient by installing shiplap, shelves, and hooks on the walls. Sarah Wolf Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, "Easy DIY Projects and a Rainbow of Color Add Sunny Style to This 1905 Victorian Home," 16 Mar. 2021 Pranis said the relatively low Minnesota quotient of workers partly stems from recruiting difficulties faced by the unions. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Majority of those working on Enbridge pipeline from outside Minnesota," 18 Feb. 2021 Going 5-2 on a 15-day road trip that finally came to an end Tuesday, when the Lakers flew home from Atlanta, only figures to boost their resilience quotient. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Anthony Davis Is the Teammate LeBron James Has Been Waiting For," 3 Feb. 2021 By contrast, James Harden for Tyler Herro (or even Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson) wouldn’t necessarily alter the Heat’s defensive quotient. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Did Rockets negotiations leave Heat at a net loss?," 22 Dec. 2020 Answering those questions in Zoom rehearsals has upped the giggle quotient in Baldwin’s household. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis theater presents a world premiere comedy that's 'zany as hell'," 29 Nov. 2020 Decorative poles with finials are like jewelry, upping the style quotient. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "How to Hang Curtains Like a Professional," 23 Nov. 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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13 Apr 2021

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“Quotient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotient. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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.


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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