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 The Fed announced its fourth round of quantitative easing (QE) on Sunday. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "How Quantitative Easing Stimulates the Economy," 18 Mar. 2020 The Fed has pulled out its big guns, slashing interest rate targets to zero and announcing $700 billion worth of new quantitative easing. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "A Moderate Proposal: Nationalize the Fossil Fuel Industry," 17 Mar. 2020 Well that’s what quantitative easing was supposed to do, it was supposed to raise prices of bonds and lower yields. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Nobel prize winning economist Robert Shiller says this economic disruption is different," 13 Mar. 2020 Much of the risk comes down to price, and quantitative easing has inflated bond prices to the point that many are downright dangerous. Steven Grey, WSJ, "Bonds Aren’t as Safe as You Think," 5 Mar. 2020 And the Fed could be forced to relaunch quantitative easing, the crisis-era bond buying program aimed at keeping borrowing costs low and stimulating risktaking. Matt Egan, CNN, "The Fed might have to cut interest rates all the way to zero," 4 Mar. 2020 The effect is a little like causing a bell to ring by yelling nearby, explains Joshua Carmichael, a quantitative geophysicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory who was not involved in the research. National Geographic, "Mars is humming. Scientists aren’t sure why.," 24 Feb. 2020 With the frogs gone, at least a dozen snake species have disappeared from the area and perhaps many more, quantitative biologist Elise Zipkin says. National Geographic, "Who decides the freedom of America's wild horses?," 20 Feb. 2020 Carrillo was a quantitative economics major who had earned a 4.0 last semester. Fox News, "Naval Academy midshipman who died during physical readiness test is identified," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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25 Mar 2020

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“Quantitative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quantitative. Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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


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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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