Definition of X factor in English:

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X factor

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noun

informal
1A variable in a given situation that could have the most significant impact on the outcome: the young vote may turn out to be the X factor
More example sentences
  • Weather has always been Mount Washington's X factor.
  • The public, however, is still the X factor.
  • The ' exposure ' combined with ' opportunities ' is what produces the X factor.
2A noteworthy special talent or quality: there are plenty of luxury cars around, but the S-Type has that special X factor
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  • Mark said: " They do have to have the X factor, which is really hard to define.
  • Hugh Grant lacks the X factor in a disappointing satire.
  • It's exactly the sort of situation where Madsen's energetic X factor might have provided a crucial boost.
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