[kwah-lee, -ley, kwey-]
- a quality, as bitterness, regarded as an independent object.
- a sense-datum or feeling having a distinctive quality.
Origin of quale
1665–75; < Latin quāle, neuter singular of quālis of what sort
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Examples from the Web for quale
But the case stands otherwise when the quale is taken as a datum for inference.Essays in Experimental Logic
Daffodil's Delight said that Quale's earnings could not be less than 150l.
Mrs. Quale might well wonder how all the lot could be stuffed into the pleasure-van.
In the kitchen behind, 'washing up' after dinner, was his helpmate, Mrs. Quale.
This afternoon all was quiet; Quale told me the men were holding a meeting.'
- philosophy an essential property or quality
C17: Latin, neuter singular of qualis of what kind
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Word Origin and History for quale
"death, destruction," Old English cwalu, cognate with Old Norse kval "torment, torture," from a variant of the root of quell.
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