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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Historical Examples of qualitatively

  • You mean its effect is qualitatively different from that of any other explosion?


    Victor Endersby

  • But qualitatively, the tendency is for men to become what society expects.

    The Value of Money

    Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.

  • Any pleasure is qualitatively unique, being precisely the harmony of one set of conditions with its appropriate activity.


    John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts

  • On the Internet, we come closer to what emerges as a qualitatively new form of human interaction.

  • The novel is read neither quantitatively nor qualitatively in Spain.

British Dictionary definitions for qualitatively



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



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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