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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or concerning quality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relating to quality; having the character of quality.
  • adjective (Chem.) analysis which merely determines the constituents of a substance without any regard to the quantity of each ingredient; -- contrasted with quantitative analysis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective involving distinctions based on qualities
  • adjective relating to or involving comparisons based on qualities

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, producing a primary quality, from Medieval Latin quālitātīvus, from Late Latin, qualitative, from Latin quālitās, quālitāt-, quality; see quality.]

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