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

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While the data so far is promising for better health, the key measures of success — like body acceptance and self-esteem — are harder to measure in a consistent, qualitative way than pounds lost. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Intuitive Eating? How to Eat Better Without Dieting, According to Nutritionists," 6 Mar. 2019 There are some shows out there that might be better on some qualitative level than those listed below, but there are few as fascinating. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Testing smoothness, residue, or dry time is often done via quantitative and qualitative work. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018 The Christmas Chronicles defies simple qualitative judgments. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles introduces a Santa who can get it," 23 Nov. 2018 Chemist: Chemists conduct analyses and experiments in laboratories that require qualitative and quantitative computation. chicagotribune.com, "Jobs add up for students proficient in math," 19 Apr. 2018 My team, which is comprised of young femmes of color, created a community needs-and-assets assessment for the South Shore neighborhood and is working to turn qualitative information on the state of the community into quantifiable data. Eva Lewis, Teen Vogue, "I Traveled to Paris to Advocate for Human Rights in Chicago's South Side," 27 Nov. 2018 Every score, including the academic rating, is based on both quantitative and qualitative measures, Harvard says. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "A Look at Harvard’s Admissions Guidelines," 17 Oct. 2018 Executives for the company also shared in qualitative terms that productivity among employees—measured by internal, confidential metrics—had also fallen. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Open offices are as bad as they seem—they reduce face-to-face time by 70%," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of qualitative

1607, in the meaning defined above

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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