Definition of quantitative in English:



  • 1Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.

    ‘quantitative analysis’
    Often contrasted with qualitative
    • ‘This is particularly important, as the mapping is only as good as the quality of the quantitative phenotypic data.’
    • ‘Oxygen is able to embrittle beryllium, but there is no quantitative measure of the effect.’
    • ‘This is not only a quantitative observation but a qualitative one too.’
    • ‘One of the few ways we have of doing so is through quantitative and qualitative research, and we have required that that be done.’
    • ‘Evaluation may involve subjective and objective measures and qualitative and quantitative approaches.’
    • ‘Furthermore, polyclonal antibodies were used to assess quantitative and qualitative changes of the enzyme.’
    • ‘The transformation of score values assigned to single cells resulted in a quantitative outcome measure for each proband.’
    • ‘That may be appropriate, but using these qualitative data for quantitative statistics is fraught with difficulty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Measuring devices and a quantitative conceptual apparatus go together.’
    • ‘The results are then added to each player's file and used as a quantitative measure of his current physical condition.’
    • ‘In other words, happiness cannot be measured on a quantitative scale in the same way voltage can be.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We were unable to find evidence of any benefit or detriment for the burden of carers as assessed by two quantitative measures.’
    • ‘Familiarity is a quantitative measure of the number of buyers familiar with the company.’
    • ‘A water medium can be used for all types of algae for qualitative and quantitative studies.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1Denoting or relating to verse whose meter is based on the length of syllables, as in Latin, as opposed to the stress, as in English.
      • ‘Most critical studies evaluate Campion’s 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).