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quale

[kwah-lee, -ley, kwey-]
noun, plural qua·li·a [kwah-lee-uh, kwey-] /ˈkwɑ li ə, ˈkweɪ-/. Philosophy.
  1. a quality, as bitterness, regarded as an independent object.
  2. a sense-datum or feeling having a distinctive quality.
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Origin of quale

1665–75; < Latin quāle, neuter singular of quālis of what sort
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Examples from the Web for quale

Historical Examples

  • But the case stands otherwise when the quale is taken as a datum for inference.

    Essays in Experimental Logic

    John Dewey

  • Daffodil's Delight said that Quale's earnings could not be less than 150l.

    A Life's Secret

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • In the kitchen behind, 'washing up' after dinner, was his helpmate, Mrs. Quale.

    A Life's Secret

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Mrs. Quale might well wonder how all the lot could be stuffed into the pleasure-van.

    A Life's Secret

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • This afternoon all was quiet; Quale told me the men were holding a meeting.'

    A Life's Secret

    Mrs. Henry Wood


British Dictionary definitions for quale

quale

noun plural -lia (-lɪə)
  1. philosophy an essential property or quality
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Word Origin

C17: Latin, neuter singular of qualis of what kind
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Word Origin and History for quale

n.

"death, destruction," Old English cwalu, cognate with Old Norse kval "torment, torture," from a variant of the root of quell.

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