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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Other Words from qualitative

qualitatively adverb

Examples of qualitative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These qualitative interviews can be eye-opening, shedding light on how our industry is changing and where future changes lie. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "Addressing Generational Change And Demographics: 15 Tips For Real Estate Leaders," 3 Mar. 2021 Traditional conservatives have tended to emphasize the qualitative difference between state power, which is always and everywhere coercive, and market power, which is persuasive and, as a result, much more humane. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Ghost of Theodore Roosevelt," 28 Feb. 2021 The Racial Bias in Retail study was conducted over the course of the 2019-2020 calendar year, and entailed comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research, including academic literature reviews and cultural insights. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Sephora Announces Action Plan To Create An Equitable Shopping Experience For All," 13 Jan. 2021 The arrival of new executives and fresh blood in the animation studio allowed for a remarkable qualitative run. Josh Spiegel, Vulture, "A Crash Course in the History of Disney Animation Through Disney+," 11 Jan. 2021 Cecilia Bembibre, a researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Heritage at University College London, is working toward something of a systematic means of archiving smell, using a mix of chemistry and more qualitative tools. Star Tribune, "What does history smell like?," 25 Dec. 2020 My two-page survey asked for demographic information—age, race, and sentence length—and posed qualitative questions. Justine Van Der Leun, The New Republic, "“No Choice but to Do It”: Why Women Go to Prison," 17 Dec. 2020 That qualitative information was then supplemented with data from the state’s Homeless Management Information System. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "New University of Utah study says air pollution hurts state’s homeless," 24 Nov. 2020 Entry for new members will be based on market cap, a general liquidity threshold and the new qualitative criteria, with the index owner dropping its previous methodology of rankings which included the volume of shares traded. Fortune, "Reeling from the Wirecard scandal, Germany’s DAX is getting its largest overhaul ever," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of qualitative

1607, in the meaning defined above

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“Qualitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualitative. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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qualitatively adverb

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