quan·​ti·​ta·​tive | \ ˈkwän-tə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce quantitative (audio) \

Definition of quantitative

1 : of, relating to, or expressible in terms of quantity
2 : of, relating to, or involving the measurement of quantity or amount
3 : based on quantity specifically, of classical verse : based on temporal quantity or duration of sounds

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Other Words from quantitative

quantitatively adverb
quantitativeness noun

Examples of quantitative in a Sentence

Scientists are gathering quantitative information about human intelligence.
Recent Examples on the Web At its core, this is a quantitative risk-benefit analysis. Richard Ghalie, STAT, "Improving the next generation of drugs through patient-centric design for clinical trials," 26 Dec. 2019 The firm's holiday analysis is based on weekly quantitative surveys the company conducts with retailers. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "The biggest shopping day of the year dwarfed Black Friday and Cyber Monday," 24 Dec. 2019 And the results are mixed on how effective other policies, like quantitative easing for long-term government bonds, have been. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Will there ever be another recession?," 23 Dec. 2019 In an age of quantitative investing, where billions of dollars are run by black-box algorithms and high frequency traders, a few seconds’ lead on market-moving information provides a vital leg up. Enda Curran, Fortune, "The Bank of England Wants to Know What Traders Did With Hacked Audio of Its Central Bank Chief," 19 Dec. 2019 In 1982, quantitative paleontologists Jack Sepkoski and David Raup at the University of Chicago took stock of the Earth’s worst mass extinctions, naming them the Big Five. National Geographic, "Earth has had more major mass extinctions than we realized," 18 Dec. 2019 The debate around the H-1B visa has shifted from qualitative to quantitative over the years. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "“The Indian government’s stand on data localisation is a bit of an overkill”," 5 Dec. 2019 Peluse’s proof answers one quantitative question about polynomial progressions. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Catch a Pattern by Figuring Out How to Avoid It," 25 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

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First Known Use of quantitative

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quantitative

Medieval Latin quantitativus, from Latin quantitat-, quantitas quantity

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The first known use of quantitative was in 1581

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15 Jan 2020

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“Quantitative.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantitative. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quantitative

: of or relating to how much there is of something : of or relating to the quantity or amount of something


quan·​ti·​ta·​tive | \ ˈkwän(t)-ə-ˌtāt-iv How to pronounce quantitative (audio) \

Medical Definition of quantitative

1 : of, relating to, or expressible in terms of quantity
2 : of, relating to, or involving the measurement of quantity or amount

Other Words from quantitative

quantitatively adverb

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