Definitions

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

  • adjective Expressed or expressible as a quantity.
  • adjective Of, relating to, or susceptible of measurement.
  • adjective Of or relating to number or quantity.
  • adjective Of or relating to a metrical system based on the duration of syllables rather than on stress. Used especially of classical Greek and Latin verse.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Relating or having regard to quantity or measurement.

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

  • adjective Relating to quantity.
  • adjective (Chem.) analysis which determines the amount or quantity of each ingredient of a substance, by weight or by volume; -- contrasted with qualitative analysis.

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

  • adjective Of a measurement based on some quantity or number rather than on some quality
  • adjective chemistry Of a form of analysis that determines the amount of some element or compound in a sample

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

  • adjective (of verse) having a metric system based on relative duration of syllables
  • adjective expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement
  • adjective relating to the measurement of quantity

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin quantitātīvus, from Latin quantitās, quantitāt-, quantity, from quantus, how great; see quantity.]

Examples

  • And the Fed chief dislikes the term "quantitative easing," a term that became associated with Japan's money-pumping efforts in the 2000s.

    Japan's Bernanke Hits Out at His Critics in the West

  • The term "quantitative easing" refers to Fed efforts to stimulate financial markets by buying bonds, injecting fresh government money into the economy in the process.

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  • The term "quantitative easing" refers to Fed efforts to stimulate financial markets by buying bonds, injecting fresh government money into the economy in the process.

    Stocks Swoon, Worry Rises

  • King also said that he personally dislikes the term "quantitative easing".

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  • Note: The term quantitative easing describes an extreme form of monetary policy used to stimulate an economy where interest rates are either at, or close to, zero.

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  • The term quantitative easing describes an extreme form of monetary policy used to stimulate an economy where interest rates are either at, or close to, zero.

    FXstreet.com

  • The term quantitative easing describes an extreme form of monetary policy used to stimulate an economy where interest rates are either at, or close to, zero.

    FXstreet.com

  • The term quantitative easing describes an extreme form of monetary policy used to stimulate an economy where interest rates are either at, or close to, zero.

    FXstreet.com

  • The term quantitative easing is often characterised as the Bank printing more money - with the permission of the Treasury - as the purchase of assets will be funded by the creation of new money.

    Shropshire Star

  • The central bank says it is not committing to what it calls quantitative or credit easing, but it does point out that the economy has deteriorated much more than it previously thought.

    Market News

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