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[ik-spoh-nuh nt, ek-spoh-nuh nt] /ɪkˈspoʊ nənt, ˈɛk spoʊ nənt/
a person or thing that expounds, explains, or interprets:
an exponent of modern theory in the arts.
a person or thing that is a representative, advocate, type, or symbol of something:
Lincoln is an exponent of American democracy.
Mathematics. a symbol or number placed above and after another symbol or number to denote the power to which the latter is to be raised:
The exponents of the quantities xn, 2m, y 4 , and 3 5 are, respectively, n, m, 4, and 5.
Origin of exponent
1575-85; < Latin expōnent- (stem of expōnēns), present participle of expōnere to expound; see -ent
1. supporter, champion, proponent, promoter. 2. embodiment, personification. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exponents
  • It has stayed in the theatre and has deprived it, in later exponents, of a logical completeness of idea.
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  • For its exponents, this is a paternalism for the times.
  • Gun-control exponents argue that banning the handgun alone will reduce crime and not interfere with the pleasures of sportsmen.
  • Not that professional historians necessarily make the best exponents of current affairs.
  • For years its exponents had been talking their heads off to the local and foreign press.
  • Notice, however, that prefixes are used to avoid exponents.
  • Extending the properties of whole-number exponents leads to new and productive notation.
  • Four problems have complete work with exponents of two.
  • Solve basic mathematical problems involving logarithms and exponents.
British Dictionary definitions for exponents


(usually foll by of) a person or thing that acts as an advocate (of an idea, cause, etc)
a person or thing that explains or interprets
a performer or interpretive artist, esp a musician
(maths) Also called power, index. a number or variable placed as a superscript to the right of another number or quantity indicating the number of times the number or quantity is to be multiplied by itself
offering a declaration, explanation, or interpretation
Word Origin
C16: from Latin expōnere to set out, expound, from pōnere to set, place
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Word Origin and History for exponents



1706, from Latin exponentem (nominative exponens), present participle of exponere "put forth" (see expound). A mathematical term at first; the sense of "one who expounds" is 1812. As an adjective, from 1580s.

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exponents in Science
  (ěk'spō'nənt, ĭk-spō'nənt)   
A number or symbol, placed above and to the right of the expression to which it applies, that indicates the number of times the expression is used as a factor. For example, the exponent 3 in 53 indicates 5 × 5 × 5; the exponent x in (a + b)x indicates (a + b) multiplied by itself x times.
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exponents in Culture

exponent definition

A number placed above and to the right of another number to show that it has been raised to a power. For example, 32 indicates that 3 has been raised to a power of 2, or multiplied by itself; 32 is equal to 9.

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