# Definition:Free Variable/Predicate Logic

## Definition

In predicate logic, a free variable is a variable which exists in a WFF only as free occurrences.

## Also known as

A free variable is often referred to as an unknown, particularly in mathematical contexts.

In the field of logic, a free variable can also be referred to as a real variable.

However, this can be confused with a variable whose domain is the set of real numbers, so its use on $\mathsf{Pr} \infty \mathsf{fWiki}$ is discouraged.

The name arises in apposition to the name apparent variable, which is another name for bound variable.