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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.

Nearby words

quantifier, quantify, quantile, quantitate, quantitation, quantitative, quantitative analysis, quantitative character, quantitative easing, quantitative genetics, quantitative inheritance
Sometimes quan·ti·tive [kwon-ti-tiv] /ˈkwɒn tɪ tɪv/.

Origin of quantitative

1575–85; < Medieval Latin quantitātīvus, equivalent to Latin quantitāt- (stem of quantitās) quantity + -īvus -ive
Related forms
Can be confusedqualitative quantitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nonquantitative

  • Formulas that are nonquantitative are valueless or worse than valueless.

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British Dictionary definitions for nonquantitative



/ (ˈkwɒntɪtətɪv, -ˌteɪ-) /


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
Derived Formsquantitatively or quantitively, adverb
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper