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