Definition of quantifier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒntɪfʌɪə/


1 Logic An expression (e.g. all, some) that indicates the scope of a term to which it is attached.
Example sentences
  • And here the variable ‘x’ is bound by the quantifier outside the scope of ‘believes… ’, and ‘a’ is a name for x which may or may not be a name which S knows.
  • Frege was the first to attempt to transcribe the old statements of categorical logic in a language employing variables, quantifiers and truth-functions.
  • The epsilon operator is a term-forming operator which replaces quantifiers in ordinary predicate logic.
1.1 Grammar A determiner or pronoun indicative of quantity (e.g. all, both).
Example sentences
  • A discussion of grounding involves examining the role of determiners and quantifiers, and other aspects of the noun phrase.
  • There are some kinds of relative clauses in which a quantifier or other operator binds the relative especially tightly to the interpretation of the syntactic head, e.g. ‘the only thing that trumps fear is greed’.
  • Some words and phrases used as quantifiers can also be used as intensifiers, as in: much nicer; much less; many more; a little better; a lot older; a lot too old; a bit too much.

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