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EtymologyEdit

Latin fluens (flowing), present active participle of fluō (I flow).

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fluent (comparative more fluent, superlative most fluent)

  1. That flows; flowing, liquid.
    fluent handwriting
  2. (linguistics) Able to use a language accurately, rapidly, and confidently – in a flowing way.
    She's fluent in French.

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In casual use, “fluency” refers to language proficiency broadly, while in narrow use it refers to using a language flowingly, rather than haltingly.

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fluent (plural fluents)

  1. (mathematics, obsolete) A continuous variable, especially one with respect to time in Newton's Method of Fluxions.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fluent” in John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary [] , London: Sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinſon, Paternoſter Row; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1791, →OCLC, page 245.

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VerbEdit

fluent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of fluō

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin fluens.

AdjectiveEdit

fluent m (oblique and nominative feminine singular fluent or fluente)

  1. (of a liquid) flowing; that flows

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