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 Interest rate hikes and the end of quantitative easing are inevitable, as the Federal Reserve has signaled, to combat a nearly 40-year high in inflation. Eytan Bensoussan, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 That means a quantitative approach needs to generate a large enough universe of passing companies on which to perform additional due diligence to identify investment candidates. Charles Rotblut, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Rather than letting a robot do the heavy lifting, the fund managers of Principal’s $6.3 million Small-Cap Adaptive Multi-Factor ETF take a more quantitative approach toward portfolio building. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, 19 June 2021 Nominees are evaluated based on qualitative and quantitative measures that weigh an investor’s momentum, position, reputation, and other variables. Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 That came in the form of near-zero interest rates and billions of dollars in quantitative easing — central bank purchases of financial assets in order to increase the money supply and encourage lending and investment. Will Daniel, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, yields on longer-term Treasuries remain suppressed by the Fed’s quantitative easing. Shuli Ren, Bloomberg.com, 28 Mar. 2022 That is a major portion on the qualitative and quantitative side. Linda Girardi, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 The Fed over the past decade experienced inflation frustratingly stuck below its 2 percent target despite quantitative easing and other measures taken in the wake of the Great Recession. Jon Hartley, National Review, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Quantitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantitative. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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

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