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1. (Science: mathematics) The number resulting from the division of one number by another, and showing how often a less number is contained in a greater; thus, the quotient of twelve divided by four is three.

2. The result of any process inverse to multiplication. See the note under Multiplication.

Origin: F, fr. L. Quoties how often, how many times, fr. Quot how many. See Quota.