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 Dictionary entry overview: What does qualitative mean? 

QUALITATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective QUALITATIVE has 2 senses:

1. involving distinctions based on qualities
2. relating to or involving comparisons based on qualities

  Familiarity information: QUALITATIVE used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

QUALITATIVE (adjective)

Sense 1qualitative [BACK TO TOP]


Involving distinctions based on qualities

Context examples:

qualitative change / qualitative data / qualitative analysis determines the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture


soft (using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation)


quantitative (expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement)

Sense 2qualitative [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to or involving comparisons based on qualities

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)


qualitative analysis (the act of decomposing a substance into its constituent elements)

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