Definition of qualitative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkwɒlɪtətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɑːləteɪtɪv//
[usually before noun]
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connected with what something is like or how good it is, rather than with how much of it there is qualitative analysis/research There are qualitative differences between the two products. compare quantitative Word Originlate Middle English: from late Latin qualitativus, from Latin qualitas (translating Greek poiotēs), from qualis ‘of what kind, of such a kind’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: qualitative