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[kwol-i-tey-tiv] /ˈkwɒl ɪˌteɪ tɪv/
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 forms
qualitatively, adverb
nonqualitative, adjective
nonqualitatively, adverb
Can be confused
qualitative, quantitative. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for qualitative
  • Newton described what happens when gravity is active, but he did not know a qualitative explanation.
  • Our difference with animals is a qualitative one.
  • Maybe you could sit on the porch and yell positive things to the teenagers, would be a good qualitative study I believe.
  • The trajectory of human development has to be judged in qualitative terms.
  • The most interesting changes in civic life are qualitative, not quantitative.
  • First year physics and chemistry students learn the difference between qualitative and quantitative and why it's important.
  • We need to go from quantitative growth to qualitative growth.
  • Finally, your thesis is supported by a focus-group qualitative survey method.
  • These studies would benefit a lot by including some qualitative information.
  • Research and analysis of cellular processes have been very qualitative.
British Dictionary definitions for qualitative


/ˈkwɒlɪtətɪv; -ˌteɪ-/
involving or relating to distinctions based on quality or qualities Compare quantitative
Derived Forms
qualitatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for qualitative

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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