One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.‘quantitative analysis’Often contrasted with qualitative
- ‘Measuring devices and a quantitative conceptual apparatus go together.’
- ‘Furthermore, polyclonal antibodies were used to assess quantitative and qualitative changes of the enzyme.’
- ‘A water medium can be used for all types of algae for qualitative and quantitative studies.’
- ‘Oxygen is able to embrittle beryllium, but there is no quantitative measure of the effect.’
- ‘Evaluation may involve subjective and objective measures and qualitative and quantitative approaches.’
- ‘This assay is a highly quantitative and direct measure of antibody response to a specific antigen.’
- ‘The results are then added to each player's file and used as a quantitative measure of his current physical condition.’
- ‘That may be appropriate, but using these qualitative data for quantitative statistics is fraught with difficulty.’
- ‘This is particularly important, as the mapping is only as good as the quality of the quantitative phenotypic data.’
- ‘One of the few ways we have of doing so is through quantitative and qualitative research, and we have required that that be done.’
- ‘Familiarity is a quantitative measure of the number of buyers familiar with the company.’
- ‘However, to formalize this we require quantitative measures of the similarity of trees.’
- ‘Yet this is in many ways a quantitative rather than a qualitative distinction.’
- ‘To analyze the data we employed a combination of qualitative and simple quantitative techniques.’
- ‘This triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data is one of the strengths of the book.’
- ‘The transformation of score values assigned to single cells resulted in a quantitative outcome measure for each proband.’
- ‘We were unable to find evidence of any benefit or detriment for the burden of carers as assessed by two quantitative measures.’
- ‘Only a few exceptional quantitative measures such as aspect ratio, petal area and perimeter are presently available.’
- ‘In other words, happiness cannot be measured on a quantitative scale in the same way voltage can be.’
- ‘This is not only a quantitative observation but a qualitative one too.’
- 1.1 Denoting or relating to verse whose metre is based on the length of syllables, as in Latin, as opposed to the stress, as in English.
- ‘Later European languages, in admiration of Greek and Roman poetry with their quantitative meters, have often tried to replicate the musical character of ancient verse.’
- ‘The rhythms of both Greek and Latin poetry are based on the quantitative length of syllables, not on stress accent as are English rhythms.’
- ‘Most critical studies evaluate Campions place in and contribution to the movement to create English quantitative verse.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘having magnitude or spatial extent’): from medieval Latin quantitativus, from Latin quantitas (see quantity).
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