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

Definition of qualitative

: of, relating to, or involving quality or kind

Other Words from qualitative

qualitatively adverb

Examples of qualitative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The responses from our panel include both quantitative scores and qualitative feedback, looking at all aspects from ease of ordering and set up, to comfort and support, to how well the mattresses have held up over time. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 27 Apr. 2022 Scores weigh both quantitative and qualitative buying signals such as service utilization, product usage, engagement, satisfaction, support history and more. You Mon Tsang, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Tests to measure antibodies can be either quantitative or qualitative. Tasnim Ahmed, CNN, 22 Mar. 2022 That is a major portion on the qualitative and quantitative side. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 Is there any distinguishable qualitative line between what comes out raw and what needs to be refashioned? ELLE, 15 Mar. 2022 Families should collect qualitative advice about their nursing home decision, said Toby Edelman, a senior policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Nick Penzenstadler, USA Today, 10 Mar. 2022 And, among the studies that included a qualitative (i.e., interview) component, over 85% found a link between voluntary simplicity and well-being. Mark Travers, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 But the heightened probability is also qualitative, embedded in the nature of our kinship with nonhuman species that are biologically similar enough to share pathogens but with social behaviors and immune responses alien to our own. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of qualitative

1607, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2022

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“Qualitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualitative. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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

Other Words from qualitative

qualitatively adverb

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