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quality

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noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwä-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of quality

  • : how good or bad something is

  • : a characteristic or feature that someone or something has : something that can be noticed as a part of a person or thing

  • : a high level of value or excellence

Full Definition of quality

plural qual·i·ties

  1. 1 a :  peculiar and essential character :  nature <her ethereal quality — Gay Talese> b :  an inherent feature :  property <had a quality of stridence, dissonance — Roald Dahl> c :  capacity, role <in the quality of reader and companion — Joseph Conrad>

  2. 2 a :  degree of excellence :  grade <the quality of competing air service — Current Biography> b :  superiority in kind <merchandise of quality>

  3. 3 a :  social status :  rank b :  aristocracy

  4. 4 a :  a distinguishing attribute :  characteristic <possesses many fine qualities> b archaic :  an acquired skill :  accomplishment

  5. 5 :  the character in a logical proposition of being affirmative or negative

  6. 6 :  vividness of hue

  7. 7 a :  timbre b :  the identifying character of a vowel sound determined chiefly by the resonance of the vocal chambers in uttering it

  8. 8 :  the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensation

Examples of quality

  1. Honesty is a desirable quality.

  2. Stubbornness is one of his bad qualities.

  3. She has strong leadership qualities.

  4. The house has many fine qualities.

  5. His music has a primitive quality.

  6. They offer quality at a reasonable price.



Origin of quality

Middle English qualite, from Anglo-French qualité, from Latin qualitat-, qualitas, from qualis of what kind; akin to Latin qui who — more at who


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of quality

quality, property, character, attribute mean an intelligible feature by which a thing may be identified. quality is a general term applicable to any trait or characteristic whether individual or generic <material with a silky quality>. property implies a characteristic that belongs to a thing's essential nature and may be used to describe a type or species <the property of not conducting heat>. character applies to a peculiar and distinctive quality of a thing or a class <remarks of an unseemly character>. attribute implies a quality ascribed to a thing or a being <the attributes of a military hero>.

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quality

adjective qual·i·ty

Simple Definition of quality

  • : very good or excellent

  • : intended for people who are educated and who care about serious matters

Full Definition of quality

  1. :  being of high quality

Examples of quality

  1. The restaurant offers quality service.

  2. The store sells quality furniture at reasonable prices.

  3. It can be difficult to find quality childcare.

  4. He had a quality education.



1936

First Known Use of quality

1936


Medical Dictionary

quality

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noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwäl-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of quality

plural qual·i·ties

  1. :  a special or distinguishing attribute: asa:  timbreb:  the attribute of an elementary sensation that makes it fundamentally unlike any other sensationc:  the character of an X-ray beam that determines its penetrating power and is dependent upon its wavelength distribution






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