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 forms

qual·i·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·qual·i·ta·tive, adjectivenon·qual·i·ta·tive·ly, adverb

Can be confused

qualitative 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 Forms

qualitatively, adverb
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