unknown quantity

Definition of unknown quantity

:someone or something whose abilities or characteristics are not yet known
  • If you've never been published before, you're an unknown quantity, so you're going to have difficulty selling your first novel.

Word by Word Definitions

unknown play
  1. : not known or not well-known

  1. : one that is not known or not well-known

  2. : something that requires discovery, identification, or clarification: such as

  3. : a symbol (such as x, y, or z) in a mathematical equation representing an unknown quantity

quantity play
  1. : an indefinite amount or number

  2. : a determinate or estimated amount

  3. : total amount or number


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