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  1. that is or may be estimated by quantity.
  2. of or relating to the describing or measuring of quantity.
  3. of or relating to a metrical system, as that of classical verse, based on the alternation of long and short, rather than accented and unaccented, syllables.
  4. of or relating to the length of a spoken vowel or consonant.
Sometimes quan·ti·tive [kwon-ti-tiv] /ˈkwɒn tɪ tɪv/.

Origin of quantitative

1575–85; < Medieval Latin quantitātīvus, equivalent to Latin quantitāt- (stem of quantitās) quantity + -īvus -ive
Related formsquan·ti·ta·tive·ly, quan·ti·tive·ly, adverbquan·ti·ta·tive·ness, quan·ti·tive·ness, nounnon·quan·ti·ta·tive, adjectivenon·quan·ti·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·quan·ti·ta·tive·ness, nounun·quan·ti·ta·tive, adjective
Can be confusedqualitative quantitative
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Examples from the Web for quantitative

Contemporary Examples of quantitative

Historical Examples of quantitative

  • The laboratory experiments should be both qualitative and quantitative in character.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • Labor, Marx pointed out, has two sides, the qualitative and the quantitative.


    John Spargo

  • The secret of that obscurity lies hidden in the quantitative side of labor.


    John Spargo

  • That this is only quantitative, not qualitative, he has already shown.

  • The quantitative discrimination of the two is a matter of great difficulty.

British Dictionary definitions for quantitative



  1. involving or relating to considerations of amount or sizeCompare qualitative
  2. capable of being measured
  3. prosody denoting or relating to a metrical system, such as that in Latin and Greek verse, that is based on the relative length rather than stress of syllables
Derived Formsquantitatively or quantitively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quantitative

1580s, "having quantity," from Medieval Latin quantitativus, from stem of Latin quantitas (see quantity). Meaning "measurable" is from 1650s. Related: Quantitatively.

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