Definition of qualitative in English:

qualitative

Line breaks: quali¦ta|tive
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɒlɪtətɪv
 
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adjective

1Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quality of something rather than its quantity: a qualitative change in the undergraduate curriculum Often contrasted with quantitative.
More example sentences
  • Yet this is in many ways a quantitative rather than a qualitative distinction.
  • Such a sense is qualitative rather than quantitative, specific rather than general.
  • One way forward is to use qualitative measures of protection, a proposal that has been made previously.
1.1 Grammar (Of an adjective) describing the quality of something in size, appearance, value, etc. Such adjectives can be submodified by words such as very and have comparative and superlative forms. Contrasted with classifying.
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  • The first drawback of using a handful of qualitative descriptive adjectives instead of numbers is that we are limited to just that, a handful, perhaps 5 or so, before it becomes hard to manage..
  • Only qualitative adjectives may be compared because only this type of adjective refers to qualities of objects which may vary in degrees.
  • In this connection, the ability of an adjective to form degrees of comparison is usually taken as a formal sign of its qualitative character, in opposition to a relative adjective which is understood as incapable of forming degrees of comparison by definition.

Origin

late Middle English: from late Latin qualitativus, from Latin qualitas (see quality).

Derivatives

qualitatively

adverb
More example sentences
  • The proposition is that music ought to be qualitatively judged not by genre, but by where it stands within its genre.
  • Raising funds for long-term development differs qualitatively from raising funds to meet a state of emergency.
  • The results were qualitatively as well as quantitatively creditable.

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