Definition of quantifier in English:



  • 1An expression (e.g. all, some) that indicates the scope of a term to which it is attached.

    • ‘For proving injectivity and surjectivity of functions, Ward had stressed how a proof strategy could be outlined by simply looking at the quantifiers in the definitions.’
    • ‘And here the variable ‘x’ is bound by the quantifier outside the scope of ‘believes… ’, and ‘a’ is a name for x which may or may not be a name which S knows.’
    • ‘Frege was the first to attempt to transcribe the old statements of categorical logic in a language employing variables, quantifiers and truth-functions.’
    • ‘In order to avoid confusion between the objectual and substitutional interpretations of the quantifiers, I shall use ‘p’ to designate the universal substitutional quantifier.’
    • ‘The epsilon operator is a term-forming operator which replaces quantifiers in ordinary predicate logic.’
    1. 1.1Grammar A determiner or pronoun indicative of quantity (e.g. all, both).
      • ‘A discussion of grounding involves examining the role of determiners and quantifiers, and other aspects of the noun phrase.’
      • ‘Some words and phrases used as quantifiers can also be used as intensifiers, as in: much nicer; much less; many more; a little better; a lot older; a lot too old; a bit too much.’
      • ‘The questionnaire included examples of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and ‘closed-class’ words - pronouns, question words, prepositions and articles, and quantifiers.’
      • ‘Sentences containing multiple quantifiers are known to give rise to several interpretations.’
      • ‘There are some kinds of relative clauses in which a quantifier or other operator binds the relative especially tightly to the interpretation of the syntactic head, e.g. ‘the only thing that trumps fear is greed’.’