[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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Hi tamen interdum talia faciunt, qualia qui vere philosophantur.History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)
- philosophy an essential property or quality
Word Origin for quale
C17: Latin, neuter singular of qualis of what kind
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Word Origin and History for qualia
"death, destruction," Old English cwalu, cognate with Old Norse kval "torment, torture," from a variant of the root of quell.
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