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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quality

plural qualities

  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 in a sentence

  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>.

Rhymes with quality


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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quality

  1. :  being of high quality

Examples of quality in a sentence

  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



QUALITY Defined for Kids

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quality

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noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwä-lə-tē\

Definition of quality for Students

plural qualities

  1. 1 :  what sets a person or thing apart :  characteristic <We must advertise Wilbur's noble qualities … — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web>

  2. 2 :  how good or bad something is <The food is of excellent quality.>

  3. 3 :  a high standard :  excellence <His skill shows in the quality of his work.>




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adjective qual·i·ty

Definition of quality for Students

  1. :  very good :  excellent <quality work> <quality chocolate>




Medical Dictionary

quality

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noun qual·i·ty \ˈkwäl-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of quality

plural qualities

  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




Law Dictionary

quality

noun qual·i·ty

Legal Definition of quality

plural qualities

  1. 1 :  a special, distinctive, or essential character: as a :  a character, position, or role assumed <those acts of ownership, which the person called to the succession can only do in quality of heir — Louisiana Civil Code> b :  the character of an estate as determined by the manner in which it is to be held or enjoyed

  2. 2 :  degree of excellence <made no warranties as to the product's quality>





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