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[kwon-tuh-fahy] /ˈkwɒn təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), quantified, quantifying.
to determine, indicate, or express the quantity of.
Logic. to make explicit the quantity of (a proposition).
to give quantity to (something regarded as having only quality).
Origin of quantify
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quantifiable
  • Agricultural scientists, followed by farmers, began to conceptualize farming as a strictly quantifiable venture.
  • Why bicycle messengers gather with such pride has little to do with the quantifiable rewards of their job.
  • No, there's something else here, something less quantifiable and more difficult to illuminate.
  • So an important question is whether there are any quantifiable principles behind our choice of ingredient combinations.
  • Said essay is scored upon a number of discretely quantifiable variables none of which include content.
  • There were two other stories that contained quantifiable errors.
  • It becomes a game, an enjoyable challenge, complete with quantifiable personal bests.
  • Make the faculty accountable in quantifiable ways so that only quantifiable things can be taught.
  • The request for quantifiable data is reasonable: it helps to objectively verify or refute the opinion you quoted.
  • The brain capacity question likely has no definitively quantifiable solution.
British Dictionary definitions for quantifiable


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to discover or express the quantity of
(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 quantifiable

1868, from quantify + -able. Related: Quantifiably.



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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