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 Companies can opt to carry out a qualitative or a quantitative risk assessment to establish the risks affecting their operations. John Giordani, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Organizations sometimes make the mistake of looking only at hard data and not gathering qualitative feedback or noticing subtle signals. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Nobody understands it, but the possibility of it should factor into those more qualitative, intuitive risk-of-infection calculations that Freeman talks about. Adam Rogers, Wired, 6 May 2021 Price will represent 70 percent of the scoring this time, versus 75 percent in the previous two rounds, with the qualitative factors making up the other 30 percent of the scoring. BostonGlobe.com, 7 May 2021 There are both quantitative and qualitative metrics to be analyzed by the agency. Dee Brown, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Get feedback from customers, both qualitative and quantitative, to see what is and isn’t resonating with them. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 These types of qualitative insights have been useful in discussions with individuals working in policy and nonprofit organizations. Quanta Magazine, 1 Apr. 2021 Though research in this area is often qualitative and findings have at times been disputed, studies suggest that interacting and forming bonds with animals, such as dogs, might have a positive effect on a person’s well-being. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of qualitative

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of qualitative was in 1607

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“Qualitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualitative. Accessed 19 Jun. 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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