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[kwon-ti-tey-tiv] /ˈkwɒn tɪˌteɪ tɪv/
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, quantitive [kwon-ti-tiv] /ˈkwɒn tɪ tɪv/ (Show IPA).
Origin of quantitative
1575-85; < Medieval Latin quantitātīvus, equivalent to Latin quantitāt- (stem of quantitās) quantity + -īvus -ive
Related forms
quantitatively, quantitively, adverb
quantitativeness, quantitiveness, noun
nonquantitative, adjective
nonquantitatively, adverb
nonquantitativeness, noun
unquantitative, adjective
Can be confused
qualitative, quantitative. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quantitative
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  • The laboratory experiments should be both qualitative and quantitative in character.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • Labor, Marx pointed out, has two sides, the qualitative and the quantitative.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • The secret of that obscurity lies hidden in the quantitative side of labor.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • That this is only quantitative, not qualitative, he has already shown.

  • The quantitative discrimination of the two is a matter of great difficulty.

British Dictionary definitions for quantitative


/ˈkwɒntɪtətɪv; -ˌteɪ-/
involving or relating to considerations of amount or size Compare 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
Derived Forms
quantitatively, quantitively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quantitative

1580s, "having quantity," from Medieval Latin quantitativus, from stem of Latin quantitas (see quantity). Meaning "measurable" is from 1650s. Related: Quantitatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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