Quantation Defined

quan·ta·tion (kwŏn-tā′-shən) n.

[English, c. 2008, from QUANTitative + communicATION.] The act of presenting numbers, such as financial results, electronically or in written form for the purpose of informing an audience.


This word is important! Presenting numbers is a communication skill, much like presenting words is, either on the printed page or out loud to a listener. The principles of effective communication apply regardless of the medium:

  1. There are rules and best practices to follow.
  2. Remember that you are telling a story; a sense of narrative flow is important.
  3. Always be respectful of the audience and cognizant of the differences among various audiences.
All of these are just as true for quantation as they are for writing and for speaking.
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