Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or concerning quality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of descriptions or distinctions based on some quality rather than on some quantity
  • adj. of a form of analysis that yields the identity of a compound
  • n. Something qualitative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to quality; having the character of quality.
  • n.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Originally, depending upon qualities; now, non-quantitative; relating to the possession of qualities without reference to the quantities involved; stating that some phenomenon occurs, but without measurement. The word occurs, according to Dr. Fitzedward Hall, in Gaule's Πῦς-μαντία (1652).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. involving distinctions based on qualities
  • adj. relating to or involving comparisons based on qualities

Etymologies

Middle English, producing a primary quality, from Medieval Latin quālitātīvus, from Late Latin, qualitative, from Latin quālitās, quālitāt-, quality; see quality.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Forecasting can be successful, particularly over the short term and, over the longer term, by understanding what they call "qualitative and contingent" regulatories or trends "in driving price swings."

    Robert Teitelman: Frydman and Goldberg's Beyond Mechanical Markets

  • Bernanke's "quantitative easing" was never accompanied by what might be called "qualitative easing" - targeted policies designed to ensure that some of the financial advantages given to banks by the Fed were used to help the overall economy.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Bernankemania! Empty Golden Words From the Leader of the Temple

  • Face-to-face in qualitative settings, participatory focus groups and ethnographic studies, another picture emerges.

    Defining Denial (The Boomer Blog)

  • A painstaking course in qualitative and quantitative analysis by John Wing gave me an appreciation of the need for, and beauty of, accurate measurement.

    Paul D. Boyer - Autobiography

  • The vintage approach assumes that new investments are characterized by the most modern technology and that the capital that is formed as a result does not change in qualitative terms over its remaining life.

    The Prize in Economics 1987 - Press Release

  • How will you measure long-term qualitative social outcomes?

    Forbes.com: News

  • Slide 4: Identify the key difference between positivist and interpretivist research methods (make certain you use the terms qualitative and I nfl uences on the choi ce of quantitative in your answer) r esear ch method used by soci ol ogi sts

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  • Moody's makes five-year medium-term qualitative assessments for each country, but does not appear to do any long-term quantitative or critical work.

    FXstreet.com

  • The new, more detailed disclosure requirements would be "qualitative" - covering details of how pay is decided and how it is linked to performance - as well as "quantitative".

    BBC News - Home

  • In brief, it wasn’t that long ago when women gathered together in qualitative research circles to complain about feeling marginalized and invisible: powerless.

    Re-Uppies Revisited (The Boomer Blog)

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