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 Moreover, quantitative easing has actually been very harmful to banks because its purpose is to lower long-term interest rates, and banks make money on the spread between short-term and long-term rates. Arvin Bahl, National Review, 12 Sep. 2021 At that time, the Fed triggered a panic by merely mentioning its plans to eventually scale back its Treasury bond purchases — a policy known as quantitative easing, or QE, which is just a nerdy way to say pumping cash into the economy. Allison Morrow, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 As low interest rates and quantitative easing keep money flooding the market, the world is currently awash with capital chasing yield. Victoria Rochard, Forbes, 4 July 2021 To gain more understanding about self-care, Soap & Glory conducted a quantitative survey of 1,044 females ranging the ages of 18 – 44 years old in the US from July 26 to 28. Blake Newby, Essence, 1 Sep. 2021 The most common strategy used by crypto hedge funds is quantitative at 37%, followed by discretionary long/ short at 38%, discretionary long-only at 20% and multi-strategy at 11%. Jacob Wolinsky, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Other regions might have evolved to represent more complex combinations of visual features, or combinations of acoustic or quantitative information. Quanta Magazine, 24 Aug. 2021 Science mandates quantitative measurements by instruments, removing the subjective impressions of humans from the balance scale of reliability. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 26 July 2021 Will this quantitative tightening mean Treasury yields go up or down? James Mackintosh, WSJ, 22 Aug. 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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“Quantitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantitative. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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

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