known quantity


known quantity
1. Math. a quantity whose value is given: in algebra, frequently represented by a letter from the first part of the alphabet, as a, b, or c.
2. any factor, circumstance, etc., that is already accepted or familiar: Her honesty is a known quantity.
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known quantity,
1. a quantity, especially an algebraic quantity of a given or fixed value in an equation or analysis. It is often designated by one of the first letters of the alphabet, such as a, b, or c.
2. Figurative: »

Have people become so accustomed to the series idea from television viewing that they go to another Dirty Harry movie because it's a known quantity? (New Yorker).

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known quantity — see quantity
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known quantity
: someone or something whose abilities or characteristics are well known

When she was cast in the role of the princess, she was already a known quantity from her work in several films.

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