quantitative

adjective
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 Just as Bernanke did not stop quantitative easing in 2013, policymakers this time around do not appear to be taking their foot off the gas pedal as markets become worried about rising inflation, as evidenced by rising commodity prices. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, "Market Corrections Are Tears In The Rain, Week In Review," 26 Feb. 2021 After that crisis, the Fed began quantitative easing, which massively expanded its balance sheet. John Greenwood, WSJ, "The Money Boom Is Already Here," 21 Feb. 2021 Especially in light of last year with quantitative easing. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Michelle Phan on Influence (and How to Use It)," 20 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 Studies have suggested, for example, that higher levels of political knowledge, scientific knowledge, and quantitative skill can actually deepen disagreements about climate change and gun control. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Democratic Party Has a Fatal Misunderstanding of the QAnon Phenomenon," 5 Feb. 2021 With the Federal Reserve continuing to buy Treasury bonds and other securities under its quantitative easing program, interest rates are being held artificially low as dollars are being pumped into the economy. Michael Braga, USA Today, "Are we trapped in another housing bubble? A rapid rise in home prices has some experts worried," 4 Feb. 2021 At the time, many investors fretted that the Fed’s quantitative easing program, marshaled as relief in the Great Recession, would ignite inflation. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "What’s driving the new gold rush?," 15 Aug. 2020 The process may be less important than many scientists now assert, adds quantitative cell biologist Amy Gladfelter of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Sloppy science or groundbreaking idea? Theory for how cells organize contents divides biologists," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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28 Feb 2021

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“Quantitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantitative. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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quantitative

adjective

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

quantitative

adjective
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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quantitatively adverb

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