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[kwah-lee, -ley, kwey-] /ˈkwɑ li, -leɪ, ˈkweɪ-/
noun, plural qualia
[kwah-lee-uh, kwey-] /ˈkwɑ li ə, ˈkweɪ-/ (Show IPA).
a quality, as bitterness, regarded as an independent object.
a sense-datum or feeling having a distinctive quality.
Origin of quale
1665-75; < Latin quāle, neuter singular of quālis of what sort Unabridged
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  • It was time for the medicine, and Mrs. quale poured it out, raised the invalid from her pillow, and administered it.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Of all the visitors, the most effectual assistant was Mrs. quale.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Mrs. quale turned her eyes from one to the other of them in puzzled doubt.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • This afternoon all was quiet; quale told me the men were holding a meeting.'

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Mrs. quale had recommended her to a place at a small dressmaker's, partly of service, chiefly of needlework.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Not so Mrs. quale; she exercised her tongue upon them whenever she got the chance.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • In the kitchen behind, 'washing up' after dinner, was his helpmate, Mrs. quale.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
  • This over-simplification has the effect of making the quale, as a term of inference, ambiguous.

  • The differentia is not a genus, nor does it respond to the question Quid est, but to the question quale quid est.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Mrs. quale wheeled round at this, and took a free, full view of the gentleman from head to foot.

    A Life's Secret Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for quale


/ˈkwɑːlɪ; ˈkweɪ-/
noun (pl) -lia (-lɪə)
(philosophy) an essential property or quality
Word Origin
C17: Latin, neuter singular of qualis of what kind
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Word Origin and History for quale

"death, destruction," Old English cwalu, cognate with Old Norse kval "torment, torture," from a variant of the root of quell.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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