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quantify

[kwon-tuh-fahy] /ˈkwɒn təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), quantified, quantifying.
1.
to determine, indicate, or express the quantity of.
2.
Logic. to make explicit the quantity of (a proposition).
3.
to give quantity to (something regarded as having only quality).
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Medieval Latin quantificāre, equivalent to Latin quant(us) how much + -ificāre -ify
Related forms
quantifiable, adjective
quantifiably, adverb
quantification, noun
nonquantifiable, adjective
unquantifiable, adjective
unquantified, adjective
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Examples from the web for quantification
  • Seems there's a lesson here to carry with us into a future of personal quantification.
  • quantification of the audience made it possible for broadcasters to sell viewers as a commodity, in thousand-unit bundles.
  • Of course, scientists are still in the early stages of quantification.
  • The quantification of relationships and networks does well here.
  • Not all disciplines of science lend themselves well to quantification or experimentation.
  • And, there is no evidence that quantification is an appropriate measure of quality.
  • The best that political science could ever aspire to is some quantification of what has already transpired.
  • Without quantification of this, the graph is meaningless, except to show an interesting divergence between percentiles.
  • Emissions from cookstoves and farms defy precise quantification.
  • Also, there is no quantification of the value of the comparative vacation benefits.
British Dictionary definitions for quantification

quantify

/ˈkwɒntɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to discover or express the quantity of
2.
(logic) to specify the quantity of (a term) by using a quantifier, such as all, some, or no
Derived Forms
quantifiable, adjective
quantification, noun
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin quantificāre, from Latin quantus how much + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for quantification
n.

1850, noun of action from quantify.

quantify

v.

1840, from Medieval Latin quantificare, from Latin quantus "as much," correlative pronomial adjective (see quantity) + facere "to make" (see factitious). Literal sense of "determine the quantity of, measure" is from 1878. Related: Quantified; quantifying.

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Encyclopedia Article for quantification

in logic, the attachment of signs of quantity to the predicate or subject of a proposition. The universal quantifier, symbolized by (-) or (-), where the blank is filled by a variable, is used to express that the formula following holds for all values of the particular variable quantified. The existential quantifier, symbolized (-), expresses that the formula following holds for some (at least one) value of that quantified variable.

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