known quantity


noun

Mathematics. a quantity whose value is given: in algebra, frequently represented by a letter from the first part of the alphabet, as a, b, or c.
any factor, circumstance, etc., that is already accepted or familiar: Her honesty is a known quantity.

Nearby words

  1. knowledge worker,
  2. knowledge-based system,
  3. knowledgeable,
  4. knowles,
  5. known,
  6. knowsley,
  7. knox,
  8. knox, fort,
  9. knox, frank,
  10. knox, henry

Origin of known quantity

First recorded in 1975–80

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