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qualitative

[kwol-i-tey-tiv] /ˈkwɒl ɪˌteɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or concerned with quality or qualities.
Origin of qualitative
1600-1610
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.
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qualitative

/ˈkwɒlɪtətɪv; -ˌteɪ-/
adjective
1.
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
adj.

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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