quantifier

[ kwon-tuh-fahy-er ]
/ ˈkwɒn təˌfaɪ ər /

noun

Logic. an expression, as “all” or “some,” that indicates the quantity of a proposition.Compare existential quantifier, universal quantifier.
a word, especially a modifier, that indicates the quantity of something.

Nearby words

  1. quantasome,
  2. quantic,
  3. quantico,
  4. quantifiable,
  5. quantification,
  6. quantify,
  7. quantile,
  8. quantitate,
  9. quantitation,
  10. quantitative

Origin of quantifier

First recorded in 1875–80; quantify + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for quantifiers

quantifier

/ (ˈkwɒntɪˌfaɪə) /

noun

logic
  1. a symbol including a variable that indicates the degree of generality of the expression in which that variable occurs, as (∃ x) in (∃ x) Fx, rendered "something is an F", (x) in (x)(FxGx), rendered "all Fs are Gs"
  2. any other symbol with an analogous interpretationthe existential quantifier, (∃ x ), corresponds to the words "there is something, x, such that …"
grammar a word or phrase in a natural language having this role, such as some, all, or many in English
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