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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In Japan, benchmark interest rates are negative, quantitative easing is continuing—yet the hawks seem to be winning the argument for the future of monetary policy. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Japan Is Giving Up on Activist Monetary Policy," 26 Apr. 2019 Lee has found a way to make that metaphor quantitative by measuring the couplings found in the voting record. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: Magnetism model reveals long-term non-partisan nature of SCOTUS," 12 Oct. 2018 As well as calling for rate cuts, the president also advocated for quantitative easing, both of which would boost the U.S. dollar at gold’s expense. David Hodari, WSJ, "Gold Up After Trump Criticizes Fed," 8 Apr. 2019 Oak Park Trustee Deno Andrews, who sits on the personnel committee, says a quantitative and qualitative review of Pavlicek is performed by all trustees and compiled by the committee. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park village manager gets a 4 percent pay increase," 9 Mar. 2018 Still, any remarks on bond-buying—the central bank stopped its quantitative-easing program in December—and the global economy will be closely examined. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Mixed as Earnings Season Picks Up," 24 Jan. 2019 Don’t set a quantitative target, set a rate of improvement. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the policies that work.," 30 Nov. 2018 Two kinds of hedge funds, in particular, dragged down the average performance: quantitative funds, which use complex trading algorithms, and long-short funds, which take both bullish and bearish positions in stocks. James B. Stewart, New York Times, "Hedge Funds Should Be Thriving Right Now. They Aren’t.," 12 July 2018 Testing smoothness, residue, or dry time is often done via quantitative and qualitative work. Cassie Shortsleeve, Popular Mechanics, "How Scientists at Degree Men Test Antiperspirant," 20 Dec. 2018

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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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