qual·​i·​ta·​tive | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce qualitative (audio) \

Definition of qualitative

: of, relating to, or involving quality or kind

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qualitatively adverb

Examples of qualitative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is a world view where all values, ideals, ideas are mere fronts to subvert the other side, where there is no qualitative difference between independent journalism and a covert social media psy op. Peter Pomerantsev, Time, "We Need to Stop Thinking of Conflict With Russia as an 'Information War'," 9 Nov. 2019 Another qualitative difference is the internet lets people form communities that wouldn’t have been possible before. Washington Post, "Zuckerberg: Standing For Voice and Free Expression," 17 Oct. 2019 Cities enter themselves into the contest, and the selection process included the cities’ responses to questions about their traits and engagement, and qualitative and quantitative research. Karen Tolkkinen, Twin Cities, "White Bear Lake is out. Alexandria is in as magazine’s Best Minnesota Town," 2 Oct. 2019 The speed-up of research that can happen with the CS-1 may be just such a qualitative change in experimentation, a shift in how AI research happens whose implications have yet to be contemplated. Fortune, "Startup Cerebras Unveils a Speedy—and Small—Supercomputer," 19 Nov. 2019 One person reads qualitative aspects like essays and the other reviews quantitative information such as a students’ grade point average. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s college admission officers don’t have time to look at your Instagram. Here’s what they’re looking for.," 6 Nov. 2019 But there are significant and qualitative differences between mass shootings like Columbine, Las Vegas, Parkland and El Paso, and other types of gun violence, like familicides – when a person murders their family members – or gang shootings. Jaclyn Schildkraut, The Conversation, "Have we become too paranoid about mass shootings?," 22 Oct. 2019 The Fed has also cut a qualitative component from most banks’ tests, one that checks in on their processes, rather than assessing numbers alone. Emily Flitter, New York Times, "Banks Want Efficiency. Critics Warn of Backsliding.," 20 Aug. 2019 The first qualifier was qualitative, while the second represented a high-low binary, the title’s aspiration toward capital-A Art or lack thereof. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of qualitative

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Qualitative.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualitative. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of qualitative

: of or relating to how good something is : of or relating to the quality of something


qual·​i·​ta·​tive | \ ˈkwäl-ə-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce qualitative (audio) \

Medical Definition of qualitative

: of, relating to, or involving quality or kind qualitative changes

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