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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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  • These qualitatively different reactions are called presentations (Vorstellungen).

  • But qualitatively, the tendency is for men to become what society expects.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • The responsive reaction of a kitten under gentle caressing strokes must be qualitatively different from that of a blow.

  • Any pleasure is qualitatively unique, being precisely the harmony of one set of conditions with its appropriate activity.

    Ethics John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
  • Furthermore, it is thus limited not only qualitatively but also quantitatively.

  • On the Internet, we come closer to what emerges as a qualitatively new form of human interaction.

  • The venom of different species appears to differ not only quantitatively but qualitatively.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • qualitatively, these psychological states are different, as those who have experienced both will know.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for qualitatively


/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 qualitatively



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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