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[kwol-i-tey-tiv] /ˈkwɒl ɪˌteɪ tɪv/

pertaining to or concerned with quality or qualities.
/ˈkwɒlɪtətɪv; -ˌteɪ-/
involving or relating to distinctions based on quality or qualities Compare quantitative

early 15c., “that produces a (physical) quality,” from Medieval Latin qualitativus “relating to quality,” from stem of Latin qualitas “a quality, property, nature” (see quality). Meaning “concerned with quality” is from c.1600 in English, from French qualitatif or Medieval Latin qualitativus. Related: Qualitatively.


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