from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Logic An operator that limits the variables of a proposition, as some or all.
- n. Linguistics A linguistic form that expresses a contrast in quantity, as some, all, or many.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word, such as all or many, that expresses a quantity
- n. The operator, represented by either of the symbols ∀ (universal quantifier) or ∃ (existential quantifier), used in predicate calculus to indicate the degree that predicate is true for a specified set.
- n. A symbol or symbols in a regular expression indicating the number of characters to be matched.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (logic) a word (such as `some' or `all' or `no') that binds the variables in a logical proposition
- n. (grammar) a word that expresses a quantity (as `fifteen' or `many')
˜LF™ (intimating ˜logical form™); and the hypothesized transformation ” called quantifier raising because it targeted the kinds of expressions that indicate
They are a “quantifier” and a “bound variable,” a different logical relationship.
Of course typical is a relative term, but I know that it is more accurate than using the quantifier “total” before bullshit.
You are trying to negate my proposition ( "No lawlike mechanism can be an intelligent agent") and so a single counter example does nothing for you, because "no" is a universal quantifier.
"Some" is an existential quantifier, and so a single computer that acts intelligently without intervention confirms my proposition.
Summary: X times bigger is a completely valid phrase, so long as X is a number/quantifier.
He began by telling me that he had been unfairly and too narrowly criticized as a numbers man, a quantifier who had erred because he believed that the answer could be found if you just had the right equations.
-- Note the lack of any quantifier before "Democrats".
Money is the supreme quantifier of all relationships after all relations have been reduced to relations between commodities.
As it reels when a faux quantifier like "60 million and more" is used in vain to wrap one's head around physical and emotional trauma on an incalculable scale.
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