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[kwah-lee, -ley, kwey-]
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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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Historical Examples

  • Hi tamen interdum talia faciunt, qualia qui vere philosophantur.

    History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)

    Adolph Harnack

British Dictionary definitions for qualia


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 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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