Definition of quale in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkwälē/

noun (plural qualia /ˈkwälēə/)

(usually qualia) Philosophy
A quality or property as perceived or experienced by a person.
Example sentences
  • According to Block, what has remained the same is the qualia of my experience; what has changed is the intentional content.
  • Nonetheless the type-type identity theory has enjoyed a recent if modest resurgence at least with respect to qualia or qualitative conscious properties.
  • Sensory receptors provide information about the quality of the stimuli that they detect, giving rise to what philosophers call the qualia of conscious perceptual experience.


Late 17th century: from Latin, neuter of qualis 'of what kind'.

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