Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To determine or measure the quantity of.

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  • v. To measure the quantity of. Esp. with high accuracy and including measurement uncertainty, as in quantitative analysis.

Etymologies

Back-formation from quantitative (analysis).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from quantitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Verum quia non est expressum de quantitate fenestrarum, ordino, quod maior fenestra duplicata in longitudine sex pedes habeat, spacium sive banca inter cancellos unius pedis et palmi, cancelli duplices ferrei et quadratis virgis ita stricti, ut ne ovum galline possit transmitti.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • The speed with which their frequency declines can be used to quantitate the selective disadvantage associated with the mutations.

    Demarcation as Politics

  • Among my own patients, if I were to quantitate lactose intolerance symptoms, approximately 80 percent of them either avoid milk and dairy products altogether or recognize that milk and dairy foods are an issue in terms of creating more bloating for them.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • The second step is to quantitate the risk for those substances classified as definite or probable human carcinogens.

    Risk assessment of chemical substances

  • They quantitate the absorption of a foreign substance, its distribution, metabolism, tissue compartments, and elimination.

    Risk assessment of chemical substances

  • Sanguinem inficiunt, saith Villanovanus, they infect the blood, and putrefy it, Magninus holds, and must not therefore be taken via cibi, aut quantitate magna, not to make a meal of, or in any great quantity.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Citius et efficacius suas vires exercet quam solent decocta ac diluta in quantitate multa, et magna cum assumentium molestia desumpta.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The suggestion that MBH “reconstructions of past temperatures take into account the uncertainties in those reconstructions” is ludicrous in light of the fact that there is no way to quantitate, or absolutely scale, the magnitude of the temperature signal within the total tree ring response or d-O18 response, for that matter in the absence of any theory delimiting the various contributions to the signal.

    Treydte, Moberg, Soon and Baliunas « Climate Audit

  • It is not useful to quantitate the “proper” values in a set of calculations that are simply inapplicable.

    Gore Gored: Monckton replies « Climate Audit

  • I also proposed, and began to set up, a light scattering apparatus to quantitate vapor absorption on aerosol particles.

    Paul C. Lauterbur - Autobiography

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