qualitative

[ kwol-i-tey-tiv ]
/ ˈkwɒl ɪˌteɪ tɪv /

adjective

pertaining to or concerned with quality or qualities.

Origin of qualitative

1600–10; < Late Latin quālitātīvus, equivalent to quālitāt- (stem of quālitās) quality + -īvus -ive
Related formsqual·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·qual·i·ta·tive, adjectivenon·qual·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb
Can be confusedqualitative quantitative
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British Dictionary definitions for qualitative

qualitative

/ (ˈkwɒlɪtətɪv, -ˌteɪ-) /

adjective

involving or relating to distinctions based on quality or qualitiesCompare quantitative
Derived Formsqualitatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for qualitative

qualitative


adj.

early 15c., "that produces a (physical) quality," from Medieval Latin qualitativus "relating to quality," from stem of Latin qualitas "a quality, property, nature" (see quality). Meaning "concerned with quality" is from c.1600 in English, from French qualitatif or Medieval Latin qualitativus. Related: Qualitatively.

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