# quantifier

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## quan·ti·fi·er

(kwŏn′tə-fī′ər)
n.
1. Logic An operator that limits the variables of a proposition, as some or all.
2. Linguistics A word or other constituent that expresses a quantity or contrast in quantity, as some, all, or many.

## quantifier

(ˈkwɒntɪˌfaɪə)
n
1. (Logic) logic
a. a symbol including a variable that indicates the degree of generality of the expression in which that variable occurs, as (∃x) in (∃x)Fx, rendered "something is an F", (x) in (x)(FxGx), rendered "all Fs are Gs"
b. any other symbol with an analogous interpretation: the existential quantifier, (∃x), corresponds to the words "there is something, x, such that …".
2. (Grammar) grammar a word or phrase in a natural language having this role, such as some, all, or many in English
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## quan•ti•fi•er

(ˈkwɒn təˌfaɪ ər)

n.
1. Logic. an expression, as “all” or “some,” that indicates the quantity of a proposition. Compare existential quantifier, universal quantifier.
2. a word or phrase, usu. modifying a noun, that indicates quantity, as much or few.
[1875–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 quantifier - (logic) a word (such as `some' or `all' or `no') that binds the variables in a logical propositionlogical quantifierlogic - the branch of philosophy that analyzes inferenceword - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"existential operator, existential quantifier - a logical quantifier of a proposition that asserts the existence of at least one thing for which the proposition is true 2 quantifier - (grammar) a word that expresses a quantity (as `fifteen' or `many')grammar - the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"universal quantifier - a logical quantifier of a proposition that asserts that the proposition is true for all members of a class of things
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Translations

## quantifier

[ˈkwɒntɪfaɪəʳ] N
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## quantifier

n (Logic) → Quantor m
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