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qualitative

Anything that's qualitative has to do with the characteristics or features of something, rather than its quantity. If you prefer A Wrinkle in Time to another book with the same number of pages, that's a qualitative preference.

Qualitative shows up in scientific writing to clarify that the quality of something is being assessed, not its size or quantity. Scientists often contrast qualitative analysis or data with quantitative facts, information that can actually be measured. Qualitative properties of your house include its coziness and its cheerful color scheme. Among its quantitative aspects are its monetary value and its precise square footage.

Definitions of qualitative
  1. adjective
    involving distinctions based on qualities
    qualitative change”
    qualitative data”
    qualitative analysis determines the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture”
    Synonyms:
    soft
    using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation
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    Antonyms:
    quantitative
    expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement
    decimal, denary
    numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten
    duodecimal
    based on twelve
    numeric, numerical
    measured or expressed in numbers
    quantifiable
    capable of being quantified
    three-figure
    (of numbers) written with three figures
    valued
    (usually used in combination) having value of a specified kind
    vicenary
    of or relating to or based on 20
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  2. adjective
    relating to or involving comparisons based on qualities
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