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[kwol-i-tee] /ˈkwɒl ɪ ti/

noun, plural qualities.
an essential or distinctive characteristic, property, or attribute:
the chemical qualities of alcohol.
character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing:
the quality of a sound.
character with respect to fineness, or grade of excellence:
food of poor quality; silks of fine quality.
high grade; superiority; excellence:
wood grain of quality.
a personality or character trait:
kindness is one of her many good qualities.
native excellence or superiority.
an accomplishment or attainment.
good or high social position:
a man of quality.
the superiority or distinction associated with high social position.
Acoustics. the texture of a tone, dependent on its overtone content, that distinguishes it from others of the same pitch and loudness.
Phonetics. the tonal color, or timbre, that characterizes a particular vowel sound.
Logic. the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative.
Thermodynamics. the proportion or percentage of vapor in a mixture of liquid and vapor, as wet steam.
social status or position.
a person of high social position:
He’s quality, that one is.
of or having superior quality:
quality paper.
producing or providing products or services of high quality or merit:
a quality publisher.
of or occupying high social status:
a quality family.
marked by a concentrated expenditure of involvement, concern, or commitment:
Counselors are urging that working parents try to spend more quality time with their children.
noun (pl) -ties
a distinguishing characteristic, property, or attribute
the basic character or nature of something
a trait or feature of personality
degree or standard of excellence, esp a high standard
(formerly) high social status or the distinction associated with it
musical tone colour; timbre
(logic) the characteristic of a proposition that is dependent on whether it is affirmative or negative
(phonetics) the distinctive character of a vowel, determined by the configuration of the mouth, tongue, etc, when it is articulated and distinguished from the pitch and stress with which it is uttered
(modifier) having or showing excellence or superiority: a quality product

c.1300, “temperament, character, disposition,” from Old French qualite “quality, nature, characteristic” (12c., Modern French qualité), from Latin qualitatem (nominative qualitas) “a quality, property; nature, state, condition” (said [Tucker, etc.] to have been coined by Cicero to translate Greek poiotes), from qualis “what kind of a,” from PIE pronomial base *kwo- (see who).

Meaning “degree of goodness” is late 14c. Meaning “social rank, position” is c.1400. Noun phrase quality time first recorded 1977. Quality of life is from 1943. Quality control first attested 1935.

The totality of features and characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs. Not to be mistaken for “degree of excellence” or “fitness for use” which meet only part of the definition.


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  • Quality-assurance

    noun 1. a system for ensuring a desired level of quality in the development, production, or delivery of products and services: Quality assurance for nursing homes begins with a set of standards. Abbreviation: QA.

  • Quality-assure

    [kwol-i-tee-uh-shoo r, -uh-shur] /ˈkwɒl ɪ ti əˌʃʊər, -əˌʃɜr/ verb (used with object), quality-assured, quality-assuring. 1. to ensure the quality of: Measures are in place to quality-assure our data.

  • Quality-circle

    noun 1. a group of workers performing similar duties who meet periodically to discuss work-related problems, offer suggestions for improved production or product quality, etc.

  • Quality-control

    noun 1. a system for verifying and maintaining a desired level of quality in an existing product or service by careful planning, use of proper equipment, continued inspection, and corrective action as required. noun 1. control of the relative quality of a manufactured product, usually by statistical sampling techniques

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