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known quantity

known quantity

 
pronunciation:
non kwan tih ti
part of speech: noun
definition 1: (informal) a person, thing, attribute, or the like that is considered to be familiar or accepted.
The party preferred to nominate a known quantity rather than a newcomer.
definition 2: in mathematics, a quantity whose value is given, usu. represented by a, b, or c.