[ kwol-i-tey-tiv-lee ]


  1. in a way that has to do with the characteristics, properties, or attributes of someone or something: Compare quantitatively ( def ).

    This deal has the potential to usher in a qualitatively different relationship, one not of buyer and seller but of coproducers.

    The study suggests that brain white matter may be qualitatively altered in schizophrenia.

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  • non·qual·i·ta·tive·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of qualitatively1

First recorded in 1620–30; qualitative ( def ) + -ly

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Example Sentences

A process focusing more on qualitative keyword data, on the other hand, opens up a host of new opportunities and insights.

As ecology matured into a distinct discipline, work by Hutchinson and others spawned a more qualitative idea called niche theory.

The badge forms a very strong qualitative signal that will be readily subscribed to by business owners.

When that doesn’t work, you’ll have to do some qualitative analysis.

Poe’s qualitative insight was that perhaps the cosmos was simply not old enough to fill the sky with light.

The threats of the late 2010s will be qualitatively different.

That was a qualitatively different thing, and I opposed it from the start.

In the ash the amount soluble was determined, and qualitatively examined, as was the insoluble portion in most of them.

The nobler spiritual interests are not absolutely different from the material interests, they are not qualitatively different.

Von Hartmann is entirely in the right when he asserts that variability is neither qualitatively nor quantitatively unlimited.

But, in the case of qualitatively compatible objects, a different situation is the rule.

And, indeed, our conception of qualitatively incompatible values must not be made too absolute.


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