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- relating to, measuring, or measured by the quality of something rather than its quantity:a qualitative change in the undergraduate curriculumOften contrasted with quantitative.
- 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.
late Middle English: from late Latin qualitativus, from Latin qualitas (see quality)