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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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  • But there remain plenty of other-unquantifiable-liabilities.
  • Also, the figures account for tangible economic losses but do not account for human losses that are priceless and unquantifiable.
British Dictionary definitions for unquantifiable


not capable of being quantified


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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Contemporary definitions for unquantifiable

unable to be counted or to have a value assigned; impossible to determine the quantity of's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for unquantifiable

1888, from un- + quantifiable (see quantify). Related: Unquantifiably.



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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