from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A property, such as whiteness, considered independently from things having the property.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A Middle English form of quail.
  • noun An object named or considered as having a quality.
  • noun Specifically In psychology, in the phrases spatial quale, quote of spatiality, the irreducible element or attribute of spaciousness, bidimensional, tridimensional, or indefinite, posited by nativistic theories of space-perception for some or all sensations.
  • noun A nativistic theory of space perception. See quale, 2.
  • noun A plague; murrain.
  • noun A Middle English dialectal form of whale.

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  • noun A property considered separately from a thing having that property.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin quāle, neuter of quālis, of what kind; see quality.]


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  • The old Nazi was being held at Quale Prison, and as it happens, the word quale is directly linked to a philosophical term dealing with — in wikipedia’s words — “the subjective quality of conscious experience.”

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  • If a quale is a representatum, then it is represented under a mode of presentation, and modes of presentation may be narrow even when the representational content itself is wide.

    Representational Theories of Consciousness Lycan, William 2006

  • (But as previously mentioned, it turns out that Rey's theory is not a theory of qualia in the strict first-order sense of "quale" used here; see Section 4.5.)

    Representational Theories of Consciousness Lycan, William 2006

  • These subjective conscious experiences are called "quale," plural "qualia," another good word for showing off your philosophy knowledge.

    Planet Atheism 2008

  • Byrne does hew to the representationalist's line of supervenience (no phenomenal difference without an intentional difference), but if his argument does not rule out mental paint, an anti-representationalist may construct inversion cases such as that of Block's (1990) "Inverted Earth" (see Section 4.4 below), and argue that the paint is a nonfunctional intrinsic mental feature of the experience given in introspection, which is close enough to a "quale" in Block's special sense, even if the feature does happen to be reflexively represented by the experience itself.

    Representational Theories of Consciousness Lycan, William 2006

  • Note 10: Oltre la libreria vi è una cameretta destinata allo studio nell'appartamento principale, d'intorno alla quale sono sedili di legno con gli appoggi ed una tavola nel mezzo: lavorato il tutto diligentissimamente d'opera d'intarsi e d'intagli.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro 2008

  • Dall'opera di legno, che così ricopre il pavimento come la muraglia d'intorno all'altezza di un uomo o poco più, infino alla soffitta, le facciate sono distinte in alcuni quadri, in ciascuno dei quali è ritratto qualche famoso scrittore antico o moderno con breve elogietto, nel quale ristrettamente si compendia la vita di ciascheduno di loro.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro 2008

  • Non sono sicuro di quale sia la storia: Robinson Crusoe?

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  • Utilizzando le informazioni fornite da Google Webmaster Central, ho modificato il template per aggiungere dei link alle URL Canonical che puntano al Permalink del post; tradotto, dico ai motori di ricerca quale pagina indicizzare.

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  • Quando ha visto un film che ho postato anche qui non ricordo quale, ora un utente di un forum mi espresse la sua perplessità verso le metafore “banali”.

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  • quale – a quality or property as perceived or experienced by a person

    qualia – (plural of quale) often referred to a raw feels, qualia are those subjective, qualitative properties of mental states such as sensations and emotions – the "what it is like" to see blue, feel pain, be angry or agitated

    July 14, 2008

  • While humorous verses are jolly

    The words if unheard are mere folly

    The laugh we provoke

    By telling a joke

    Is purely the listener's quale.

    October 29, 2016