Definition of quotient in English:



  • 1Mathematics
    A result obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

    • ‘Equation predicts that the quotient of growth rate and the amount of nitrogen in leaves is constant.’
    • ‘His favourite topics in number theory included binary quadratic forms, quadratic residues, Gauss sums and Fermat quotients.’
    • ‘He began his contributions to this topic in 1883 with a paper in which he used the Dirichlet principle to prove that a meromorphic function of two complex variables is a quotient of two entire functions.’
    • ‘Why is the quotient of a number divided by zero infinity?’
    • ‘By examining the limits of sums, products and quotients of variable quantities, Mengoli was setting up the basic rules if the calculus thirty years before Newton and Leibniz.’
    answer, solution, calculation
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  • 2[usually with adjective] A degree or amount of a specified quality or characteristic.

    ‘the increase in Washington's cynicism quotient’
    • ‘I figured I'd get the silly quotient in early today, as the rest of the day will be a bit heavy handed.’
    • ‘These seem, if anything, to have reinforced a sense of distance from it - an antipathy without his usual quotient of curiosity.’
    • ‘In minutes, his sick printer was back on its feet, gobbling up its usual quotient of ink cartridges.’
    • ‘And he confirms that the camp quotient is cranked up to 11.’
    • ‘Fortunately, they aren't serious enough to lower the film's broad-based appeal or to diminish its quotient of feel-good moments.’
    • ‘He fulfills the quiet-member-most-likely-to-turn-into-a-wild-man-at-any-moment quotient of the band.’
    • ‘For the third volume, the quotient of research in archives and among the published documents is much, much higher and dependence upon other writers is much, much less.’
    • ‘Hardly a house hasn't been renovated, the limousine quotient is considerably higher than in Switzerland, not to mention elsewhere in Europe.’
    • ‘When you've read the original and been fascinated with it there is invariably a big drop in the interest quotient when going through the translation.’
    • ‘The aggravation quotient is high, but it's good to know these things are going on.’
    • ‘It's something like their discomfort quotient, or perhaps the way you can see into their grasping for what the right way is to connect with the crowd or a given voter.’
    • ‘Already, the artsy-fartsy quotient at neighborhood restaurants and bars is nearing, ahem, Orange Alert level.’
    • ‘To keep your weight gain at an acceptable level, you may have to reduce your calorie intake a little and make an effort to keep active, but it shouldn't be so difficult to do that it threatens your fun quotient or your sanity.’
    • ‘Perhaps being bombed at regular intervals throughout the 20th century has given the British a different slant on the entertainment quotient of violence.’
    • ‘But this year the copycat quotient is off the scale.’
    • ‘I didn't add to the rudeness quotient of the world.’


Late Middle English: from Latin quotiens how many times (from quot how many), by confusion with participial forms ending in -ens, -ent-.