- that is or may be estimated by quantity.
- of or relating to the describing or measuring of quantity.
- of or relating to a metrical system, as that of classical verse, based on the alternation of long and short, rather than accented and unaccented, syllables.
- of or relating to the length of a spoken vowel or consonant.
Sometimes quan·ti·tive [kwon-ti-tiv] /ˈkwɒn tɪ tɪv/.
Origin of quantitative
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Examples from the Web for nonquantitative
Formulas that are nonquantitative are valueless or worse than valueless.
- involving or relating to considerations of amount or sizeCompare qualitative
- capable of being measured
- prosody denoting or relating to a metrical system, such as that in Latin and Greek verse, that is based on the relative length rather than stress of syllables
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Word Origin and History for nonquantitative
1580s, "having quantity," from Medieval Latin quantitativus, from stem of Latin quantitas (see quantity). Meaning "measurable" is from 1650s. Related: Quantitatively.
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