noun, plural qual·i·ties.
Origin of quality
Examples from the Web for qualities
But the qualities Mario Cuomo brought to public life—compassion, integrity, commitment to principle—remain in short supply today.
“We look for the qualities that are evocative of V.S.O.P Privilege,” explained Hennessy Senior Vice President Rodney Williams.
But what about stuff that has no obvious redeeming qualities to it?Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time|Russell Saunders|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So I was happy to see that the European theory of terroir was in action, promoting with pride the qualities of a specific region.
A popular general was president, “celebrated for qualities other than moral enthusiasm.”
No man should allow himself to recommend another for qualities which he knows he does not possess.The Book of Business Etiquette|Nella Henney
My qualities are projected through the wrong end of a telescope and the world perceives me far smaller than I really am.Mortal Coils|Aldous Huxley
But more important to the historian of literature even than the development of qualities is the evolution of types.
Experiments prove that the qualities most highly excited in animals prior to their union are most fully transmitted.Private Sex Advice to Women|R. B. Armitage
They grew bolder and stalked stiffly about him, appraising his qualities with eye and nose.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
British Dictionary definitions for qualities
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for quality
Word Origin and History for qualities
c.1300, "temperament, character, disposition," from Old French qualite "quality, nature, characteristic" (12c., Modern French qualité), from Latin qualitatem (nominative qualitas) "a quality, property; nature, state, condition" (said [Tucker, etc.] to have been coined by Cicero to translate Greek poiotes), from qualis "what kind of a," from PIE pronomial base *kwo- (see who).
Meaning "degree of goodness" is late 14c. Meaning "social rank, position" is c.1400. Noun phrase quality time first recorded 1977. Quality of life is from 1943. Quality control first attested 1935.