unknown quantity

  1. a factor in a given situation whose bearing and importance is not apparent
    I don't know what the new man will do; he's still an unknown quantity
  2. a variable whose values are solutions of an equation
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How To Use unknown quantity In A Sentence

  • What does stir my thoughts occasionally is of that unknown quantity divided between performed and unperformed music.
  • A conceivable problem for the Solo is its price - £39,850 is a lot to pay for an unknown quantity.
  • Kerry an unknown quantity to most Americans, but better known Democrats are much in the news.
  • Psychotherapy" is a masterpiece, but his psychic equation of _causative_ and _purposive_, with all his mathesis, not only remains unsolved, but leads to confusion, from the false light shed on the unknown quantity, and his failure to indicate the gnosis; the demarcation between automatism and purposive Intelligence. The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul The Findings of Natural Science Reduced to Practical Studies in Psychology
  • Gibraltar are a bit of an unknown quantity. The Sun
  • You must eliminate an unknown quantity.
  • The third candidate for the party leadership is a relatively unknown quantity.
  • The Mutiny will be a largely unknown quantity.
  • To her the outside world was a totally unknown quantity.
  • Critical questions about this unknown quantity are being beaten back for now with counter charges of sexism, ruralism, familyism and anything else the McCain camp can throw into the blame-the-media strategy. Peggy Drexler: Big Night for the Republican's New Alpha Girl. But What Now?
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