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.

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Some quantitative hedge funds, such as AQR Capital Management and Two Sigma, select securities based at least in part on models that use machine learning and artificial intelligence to decipher vast amounts of data. Matt Egan, CNN, "How hedge funds use drones, satellite images and web scraping to gain an edge," 10 July 2019 What he's done is $50 billion a month in quantitative tightening. NBC News, "President Trump's full, unedited interview with Meet the Press," 23 June 2019 That’s the largest amount since the middle of 2016 when the UK voted to leave the European Union and the Bank of England restarted its bond-buying program, known as quantitative easing (QE), in response. Eshe Nelson, Quartz, "$12 trillion of negative-yielding bonds are sending a clear message of distress," 19 June 2019 And so where this gets tricky is the concept of analytics, or the concept of using quantitative data, is a race-neutral sort of thing, but the way that stuff has typically and historically been applied is rarely, if ever, race-neutral. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Bomani Jones on the N.B.A., Analytics, and Race," 17 June 2019 In September in Royal Society Open Science, researchers published the first quantitative model for this complex process. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate," 20 Feb. 2019 Over the past few years, the European Central Bank has gobbled up a huge chunk of bunds as part of its quantitative-easing program, reducing the supply available to investors. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Bond-Yield Plunge Confounds the World’s Economy," 23 June 2019 The first quantitative study to examine mistreatment during childbirth in the US was recently published in the journal Reproductive Health. Julia Belluz, Vox, "A shocking number of women are harassed, ignored, or mistreated during childbirth," 20 June 2019 In America in particular the noble science of politics has been captured by political scientists who are deploying ever more powerful quantitative techniques to ever more trivial ends. The Economist, "The centre cannot hold - the failure of Change UK and the atrophying of political thought," 19 June 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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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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