1. which was to be shown or demonstrated (used especially in mathematical proofs).

Origin of Q.E.D.

First recorded in 1810–20, Q.E.D. is from the Latin word quod erat dēmōnstrandum
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Historical Examples of qed

  • QED” was not intelligible to him, but it sounded very well indeed, he thought.

British Dictionary definitions for qed


abbreviation for
  1. quod erat demonstrandum
  2. quantum electrodynamics

Word Origin for QED

(sense 1) Latin: which was to be shown or proved
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Word Origin and History for qed


1760, abbreviation of Latin quod erat demonstrandum "which was to be demonstrated."

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