noun Mathematics.
the result of division; the number of times one quantity is contained in another.

1400–50; late Middle English quocient, quociens < Latin quotiēns (adv.) how many times

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quotient (ˈkwəʊʃənt)
1.  a.  the result of the division of one number or quantity by another
 b.  the integral part of the result of division
2.  a ratio of two numbers or quantities to be divided
[C15: from Latin quotiens how often]

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c.1430, from L. quotiens "how many times," from quot "how many," related to quis "who." The Latin adverb quotiens was mistaken in M.E. for a present participle in -ens.
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quotient quo·tient (kwō'shənt)
The number obtained by dividing one quantity by another.

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quotient   (kwō'shənt)  Pronunciation Key 
The number that results when one number is divided by another. If 6 is divided by 3, the quotient can be represented as 2, or as 6 ÷ 3, or as the fraction 6/3 .
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n. See coefficient of X.
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