Qualitative meaning

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The definition of qualitative refers to measurements of the characteristics of something, as opposed to measurements based on the quantity of something.

When you judge something based on how good or bad it is, rather than how many of the item you have, this is an example of a qualitative judgment.

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Having to do with quality or qualities.
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Of descriptions or distinctions based on some quality rather than on some quantity.
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Of, relating to, or concerning quality.
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Something qualitative.
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(chemistry) Of a form of analysis that yields the identity of a compound.
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Dealing with observations that are subject to interpretation. Contrast with quantitative. See qualitative data.
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Origin of qualitative

  • Middle English producing a primary quality from Medieval Latin quālitātīvus from Late Latin qualitative from Latin quālitās quālitāt- quality quality

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition