- 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 quantitative
Chairman of the Federal Reserve: “Quantitative Easing it is!”Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Ukraine, Craps & the Fed
P. J. O’Rourke
February 28, 2014
Yellen was present at the creation of quantitative easing, and is pledging to continue the policy until it works.
Republicans have tried for the last several years to make it seem as if quantitative easing is a tool of the hard left.
The objections to quantitative easing were generally pro forma and not particularly articulate.
For their part, Democrats seemed to want to talk about everything but quantitative easing and monetary policy.
The laboratory experiments should be both qualitative and quantitative in character.College Teaching
Labor, Marx pointed out, has two sides, the qualitative and the quantitative.
The secret of that obscurity lies hidden in the quantitative side of labor.
That this is only quantitative, not qualitative, he has already shown.Evolution in Modern Thought
The quantitative discrimination of the two is a matter of great difficulty.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
- 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 quantitative
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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