The qualities of something are its distinguishing features, and those can be good or bad. The qualities you look for when buying a tightrope might include strength and pliability, but you probably wouldn't want one with a slippery quality.

Quality can also be used as a purely positive term: "you're a person of quality," or "you've got a quality operation" are entirely complimentary, meaning you and your operation are superior. There's a joke about how "quality control" in fast food chains assures that whenever you order a burger in a restaurant in that chain — whether you’re in Dallas or Des Moines — the quality is always the same — bad!

Definitions of quality
  1. noun
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
    “"the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare”
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    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
    attraction, attractiveness
    the quality of arousing interest; being attractive or something that attracts
    clarity, clearness, uncloudedness
    the quality of being transparent or clear
    opacity, opaqueness
    the quality of being opaque to a degree; the degree to which something reduces the passage of light
    the quality of being divisible; the capacity to be divided into parts or divided among a number of persons
    ease, easiness, simpleness, simplicity
    freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort
    difficultness, difficulty
    the quality of being difficult
    burnability, combustibility, combustibleness
    the quality of being capable of igniting and burning
    suitability, suitableness
    the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose
    the quality of land that is appropriate for cultivation
    the quality of making a strong or vivid impression on the mind
    the quality of being suitable for the passage of a ship or aircraft
    the quality of needing attention and affection and reassurance to a marked degree
    distressingness, painfulness
    the quality of being painful
    piquance, piquancy, piquantness
    the quality of being agreeably stimulating or mentally exciting
    the quality of being open to public view
    the quality of being suitable for spinning or the capability of being spun (used of textile fibers)
    ineptness, unsuitability, unsuitableness
    the quality of having the wrong properties for a specific purpose
    the quality of providing protection
    the essential qualities or characteristics by which something is recognized
    humanity, humanness, manhood
    the quality of being human
    air, atmosphere, aura, patina
    a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing
    the quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree
    the finest or most superior quality of its kind
    a distinguishing quality
    salability, salableness
    the quality of being salable or marketable
    changeability, changeableness
    the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change
    changelessness, unchangeability, unchangeableness, unchangingness
    the quality of being unchangeable; having a marked tendency to remain unchanged
    the quality of being alike
    the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
    certainty, foregone conclusion, sure thing
    something that is certain
    the quality of being probable; a probable event or the most probable event
    precariousness, uncertainness, uncertainty
    being unsettled or in doubt or dependent on chance
    factuality, factualness
    the quality of being actual or based on fact
    the quality of being contrary to fact
    corporality, corporeality, materiality, physicalness
    the quality of being physical; consisting of matter
    immateriality, incorporeality
    the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter
    particularity, specialness
    the quality of being particular and pertaining to a specific case or instance
    the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability
    simpleness, simplicity
    the quality of being simple or uncompounded
    complexity, complexness
    the quality of being intricate and compounded
    the quality of being characterized by a fixed principle or rate
    irregularity, unregularity
    not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals
    the quality of moving freely
    the quality of not moving
    pleasantness, sweetness
    the quality of giving pleasure
    the quality of giving displeasure
    believability, credibility, credibleness
    the quality of being believable or trustworthy
    incredibility, incredibleness
    the quality of being incredible
    logicality, logicalness
    correct and valid reasoning
    illogic, illogicality, illogicalness, inconsequence
    invalid or incorrect reasoning
    the quality of being natural or based on natural principles
    the quality of being unnatural or not based on natural principles
    vertu, virtu
    artistic quality
    the quality of being beneficial and generally good for you
    morbidity, morbidness, unwholesomeness
    the quality of being unhealthful and generally bad for you
    the quality of giving satisfaction sufficient to meet a demand or requirement
    the quality of being inadequate or unsuitable
    mundaneness, mundanity, ordinariness
    the quality of being commonplace and ordinary
    the quality of being extraordinary and not commonly encountered
    an ethnic quality or affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties
    curiousness, foreignness, strangeness
    the quality of being alien or not native
    the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin
    the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)
    the quality of being unoriginal
    correctness, rightness
    conformity to fact or truth
    incorrectness, wrongness
    the quality of not conforming to fact or truth
    accuracy, truth
    the quality of being near to the true value
    (mathematics) the number of significant figures given in a number
    the quality of being inaccurate and having errors
    a distinguishing quality
    the quality of being widely admired or accepted or sought after
    the quality of lacking general approval or acceptance
    the quality of conforming to law
    the quality of failing to conform to law
    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
    a quality of neatness and ingenious simplicity in the solution of a problem (especially in science or mathematics)
    the quality of lacking refinement and good taste
    the quality or character of life in a city or town
    comprehensibility, understandability
    the quality of comprehensible language or thought
    the quality of being expressive
    the quality of being incomprehensible
    the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)
    inhumaneness, inhumanity
    the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
    concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct
    the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct
    the quality of being amoral
    the quality of being divine
    holiness, sanctitude, sanctity
    the quality of being holy
    the quality of being ideal
    the quality of being unholy
    parental quality
    a quality appropriate to a parent
    faithfulness, fidelity
    the quality of being faithful
    infidelity, unfaithfulness
    the quality of being unfaithful
    mundaneness, mundanity, sophistication, worldliness
    the quality or character of being intellectually sophisticated and worldly through cultivation or experience or disillusionment
    naiveness, naivete, naivety
    lack of sophistication or worldliness
    a quality of water that contains dissolved mineral salts that prevent soap from lathering
    penetrability, perviousness
    the quality of being penetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    impenetrability, imperviousness
    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    the quality of being soap or being covered with soap
    fibrosity, fibrousness
    the quality of being fibrous
    directiveness, directivity
    the quality of being directive
    the quality of being extreme
    closeness, stuffiness
    the quality of being close and poorly ventilated
    adequacy, sufficiency
    the quality of being sufficient for the end in view
    the quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
    ineptitude, worthlessness
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
    good, goodness
    that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
    bad, badness
    that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency
    fecundity, fruitfulness
    the quality of something that causes or assists healthy growth
    aridity, barrenness, fruitlessness
    the quality of yielding nothing of value
    usefulness, utility
    the quality of being of practical use
    inutility, unusefulness, uselessness
    the quality of having no practical use
    asset, plus
    a useful or valuable quality
    the quality of serving to build or improve
    the quality of causing destruction
    positiveness, positivism, positivity
    a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness
    negativeness, negativism, negativity
    characterized by habitual skepticism and a disagreeable tendency to deny or oppose or resist suggestions or commands
    the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Western civilizations
    the quality or customs or mannerisms characteristic of Asian civilizations
    power, powerfulness
    possession of controlling influence
    the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
    impotence, impotency, powerlessness
    the quality of lacking strength or power; being weak and feeble
    inability, unfitness
    lacking the power to perform
    romance, romanticism
    an exciting and mysterious quality (as of a heroic time or adventure)
    the quality of being domestic or domesticated
    boundlessness, infiniteness, infinitude, limitlessness, unboundedness
    the quality of being infinite; without bound or limit
    boundedness, finiteness, finitude
    the quality of being finite
    measurability, quantifiability
    the quality of being measurable
    the quality of being soluble and easily dissolved in liquid
    the quality of being insoluble and difficult to dissolve in liquid
    unspecified qualities required to do or be something
    hot stuff, voluptuousness
    the quality of being attractive and exciting (especially sexually exciting)
    humor, humour
    the quality of being funny
    pathos, poignancy
    a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)
    the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author
    brachycephalism, brachycephaly
    the quality of being brachycephalic
    dolichocephalism, dolichocephaly
    the quality of being dolichocephalic
    the quality of being relative and having significance only in relation to something else
    the quality of being responsive; reacting quickly; as a quality of people, it involves responding with emotion to people and events
    deadness, unresponsiveness
    the quality of being unresponsive; not reacting; as a quality of people, it is marked by a failure to respond quickly or with emotion to people or events
    the quality of being subjective
    the quality of being snooty
    the quality of being ulterior
    the quality of being worth remembering
    woodiness, woodsiness
    the quality of abounding in trees
    the quality of being made of wax or covered with wax
    the quality of being bizarre and dreamlike
    the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances
    the inability to change or be changed to fit changed circumstances
    passport, recommendation
    any quality or characteristic that gains a person a favorable reception or acceptance or admission
    youthful appearance in an old person
    physical appearance
    outward appearance
    color, colour
    the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
    texture and appearance of the skin of the face
    effect, impression
    an outward appearance
    linear perspective, perspective
    the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer
    (astronomy) the particular appearance of a body's state of illumination (especially one of the recurring shapes of the part of Earth's moon that is illuminated by the sun)
    vanishing point
    the appearance of a point on the horizon at which parallel lines converge
    the purely external aspect of a thing; superficial appearance
    the general appearance of a publication
    cast, form, shape
    the visual appearance of something or someone
    image, persona
    (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world
    color, colour, gloss, semblance, veneer
    an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
    the general outward appearance of something
    countenance, visage
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    hairiness, pilosity
    the quality of having hair
    the quality of not having hair
    the qualities that give pleasure to the senses
    a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
    allure, allurement, temptingness
    the power to entice or attract through personal charm
    the capacity to attract and hold something
    drawing power
    the capacity for attracting people (customers or supporters)
    the capacity to attract intense interest
    come-on, enticement, lure
    qualities that attract by seeming to promise some kind of reward
    sexual attraction
    attractiveness on the basis of sexual desire
    show-stopper, showstopper
    something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal
    qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses
    deformity, disfiguration, disfigurement
    an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen
    homeliness, plainness
    an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful
    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
    discoloration, discolouration, stain
    a soiled or discolored appearance
    the appearance of being plain and unpretentious
    elaborateness, ornateness
    an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated
    an appearance that serves to decorate and make something more attractive
    a pale and sickly appearance
    transparence, transparency, transparentness
    the quality of being clear and transparent
    semitransparency, translucence, translucency
    the quality of allowing light to pass diffusely
    capability of providing a clear unobstructed view
    distinctness, sharpness
    the quality of being sharp and clear
    cloudiness, muddiness, murkiness
    the quality of being cloudy
    blurriness, fogginess, fuzziness, indistinctness, softness
    the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
    the tendency to break into parts
    the quality of requiring little effort
    the quality of requiring deliberate effort
    asperity, grimness, hardship, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, rigourousness, severeness, severity
    something hard to endure
    hardness, ruggedness
    the quality of being difficult to do
    formidability, toughness
    impressive difficulty
    burdensomeness, heaviness, onerousness, oppressiveness
    unwelcome burdensome difficulty
    niceness, subtlety
    the quality of being difficult to detect or analyze
    inconvenience, troublesomeness, worriment
    a difficulty that causes anxiety
    flammability, inflammability
    the quality of being easily ignited and burning rapidly
    capability of existing or performing in harmonious or congenial combination
    the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination
    the quality of being specially suitable
    fitness, fittingness
    the quality of being suitable
    the quality of being useful and convenient
    the quality of being keenly and painfully felt
    the capacity of a viscous liquid (especially the cervical mucus) to be drawn out into a strand or blown up into a bubble
    inappropriateness, unworthiness
    the quality of being not particularly suitable or befitting
    the quality of not being suitable
    the quality of not being useful or convenient
    an aura of heightened value or interest or meaning surrounding a person or thing
    a characteristic emotional quality
    vibe, vibration
    a distinctive emotional aura experienced instinctively
    admirability, admirableness, wonderfulness
    admirable excellence
    grandness, impressiveness, magnificence, richness
    splendid or imposing in size or appearance
    point, spot
    an outstanding characteristic
    a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
    earmark, hallmark, stylemark, trademark
    a distinctive characteristic or attribute
    saving grace
    a redeeming quality or characteristic
    a characteristic to be considered
    commutability, transmutability
    the quality of being commutable
    fluidity, fluidness
    a changeable quality
    the quality of being reversible in either direction
    the quality of being changeable in direction
    changefulness, inconstancy
    the quality of being changeable and variable
    variability, variableness, variance
    the quality of being subject to variation
    exchangeability, fungibility, interchangeability, interchangeableness
    the quality of being capable of exchange or interchange
    progressiveness, progressivity
    advancement toward better conditions or policies or methods
    the quality of being absolute
    constancy, stability
    the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation
    the quality of being innate
    the quality of being irreversible (once done it cannot be changed)
    invariability, invariableness, invariance
    the quality of being resistant to variation
    fixedness, unalterability
    the quality of being fixed and unchangeable
    the quality of being incapable of exchange or interchange
    mutability, mutableness
    the quality of being capable of mutation
    fixity, immutability, immutableness
    the quality of being incapable of mutation
    distinctness, otherness, separateness
    the quality of being not alike; being distinct or different from that otherwise experienced or known
    identicalness, identity, indistinguishability
    exact sameness
    the quality of being similar
    the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status
    a quality that differentiates between similar things
    distinguishing characteristics (especially in different species of a genus)
    a distinguishing difference
    disagreement, discrepancy, divergence, variance
    a difference between conflicting facts or claims or opinions
    dissimilarity, unsimilarity
    the quality of being dissimilar
    change, variety
    a difference that is usually pleasant
    lack of equality
    an absolute certainty
    ineluctability, unavoidability
    the quality of being impossible to avoid or evade
    inevitability, inevitableness
    the quality of being unavoidable
    something clearly established
    indisputability, indubitability, unquestionability, unquestionableness
    the quality of being beyond question or dispute or doubt
    moral certainty
    certainty based on an inner conviction
    the quality of being predictable
    likelihood, likeliness
    the probability of a specified outcome
    slam dunk
    something that is a sure to occur; a foregone conclusion
    doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, question
    uncertainty about the truth or factuality or existence of something
    indefiniteness, indefinity, indeterminacy, indeterminateness, indetermination
    the quality of being vague and poorly defined
    lacking predictability
    improbability, improbableness
    the quality of being improbable
    the quality of happening accidentally and by lucky chance
    the quality of being a conclusion or opinion based on supposition and conjecture rather than on fact or investigation
    the quality of being concrete (not abstract)
    palpability, tangibility, tangibleness
    the quality of being perceivable by touch
    impalpability, intangibility, intangibleness
    the quality of being intangible and not perceptible by touch
    solidness, substantiality, substantialness
    the quality of being substantial or having substance
    lacking substance or reality
    the quality of being considered apart from a specific instance or object
    the quality possessed by something that is real
    the quality possessed by something that is unreal
    the quality of being specific rather than general
    the quality of being specific to a particular organism
    commonality, commonness
    sharing of common attributes
    the quality of filling or spreading throughout
    the quality of prevailing generally; being widespread
    catholicity, universality
    the quality of being universal; existing everywhere
    the quality of being complete and indiscriminate
    complicatedness, complication, knottiness, tortuousness
    puzzling complexity
    elaborateness, elaboration, intricacy, involution
    the quality of being marked by elaborately complex detail
    something that resembles a tapestry in its complex pictorial designs
    the quality of requiring skill or caution
    cyclicity, periodicity
    the quality of recurring at regular intervals
    methodicalness, orderliness
    the quality of appreciating method and system
    a condition in which everything is regular and unvarying
    the quality of being inhomogeneous
    evenness, invariability
    a quality of uniformity and lack of variation
    even spacing
    regularity of spacing
    the quality of being steady--regular and unvarying
    fitfulness, jerkiness
    the quality of being spasmodic and irregular
    intermittence, intermittency
    the quality of being intermittent; subject to interruption or periodic stopping
    fluctuation, wavering
    the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes
    haphazardness, noise, randomness, stochasticity
    the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan
    unevenness, variability
    the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity
    the quality of being unsteady--varying and unpredictable
    locomotion, motive power, motivity
    the power or ability to move
    ability to move spontaneously and independently
    movability, movableness
    the quality of being movable; capable of being moved or rearranged
    maneuverability, manoeuvrability
    the quality of being maneuverable
    the quality of being controllable by skilled movements of the hands
    the quality of being ceaselessly moving or active
    lacking an ability to move
    immobility by virtue of being inert
    immovability, immovableness
    not capable of being moved or rearranged
    agreeableness, amenity
    pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions
    pleasantness resulting from something that can be enjoyed
    the quality of nice
    the quality of being disagreeable and unpleasant
    the quality of being unpleasant
    distastefulness, odiousness, offensiveness
    the quality of being offensive
    awfulness, dreadfulness, horridness, terribleness
    a quality of extreme unpleasantness
    authenticity, genuineness, legitimacy
    undisputed credibility
    cogency, rigor, rigour, validity
    the quality of being valid and rigorous
    plausibility, plausibleness
    apparent validity
    implausibility, implausibleness
    the quality of provoking disbelief
    cred, street cred, street credibility
    credibility among young fashionable urban individuals
    rationality, rationalness
    the quality of being consistent with or based on logic
    (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that none of the propositions deducible from the axioms contradict one another
    (logic) an attribute of a logical system that is so constituted that a contradiction arises if any proposition is introduced that cannot be derived from the axioms of the system
    not affected; a personal manner that is not consciously constrained
    absence of affectation or pretense
    sincerity, unassumingness
    a quality of naturalness and simplicity
    spontaneity, spontaneousness
    the quality of being spontaneous and coming from natural feelings without constraint
    ease, informality
    freedom from constraint or embarrassment
    the quality of being natural and without pretensions
    naturalisation, naturalization
    the quality of being brought into conformity with nature
    the quality of being false or artificial (as to impress others)
    the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally
    largeness, pretension, pretentiousness
    the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
    supernaturalism, supernaturalness
    the quality of being attributed to power that seems to violate or go beyond natural forces
    nutritiousness, nutritiveness
    the quality of being nourishing and promoting healthy growth
    the quality of promoting good health
    harmfulness, noisomeness, noxiousness
    the quality of being noxious
    perniciousness, toxicity
    grave harmfulness or deadliness
    deadliness, lethality
    the quality of being deadly
    jejuneness, jejunity
    quality of lacking nutritive value
    putrescence, rottenness
    the quality of rotting and becoming putrid
    the quality of promoting poor health
    adequacy, adequateness
    the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily
    acceptability, acceptableness
    satisfactoriness by virtue of conforming to approved standards
    inadequacy, inadequateness
    unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being inadequate
    perishability, perishableness
    unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being subject to decay or spoilage or destruction
    unacceptability, unacceptableness
    unsatisfactoriness by virtue of not conforming to approved standards
    averageness, mediocrity
    ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
    ordinariness as a consequence of being expected and not surprising
    commonness, commonplaceness, everydayness
    ordinariness as a consequence of being frequent and commonplace
    surprisingness, unexpectedness
    extraordinariness by virtue of being unexpected
    extraordinariness as a consequence of being rare and seldom encountered
    extraordinariness as a consequence of being marked by an uncommon or superlative quality
    exoticism, exoticness, exotism
    the quality of being exotic
    alienage, alienism
    the quality of being alien
    autochthony, endemism, indigenousness
    nativeness by virtue of originating or occurring naturally (as in a particular place)
    freshness, novelty
    originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
    heterodoxy, unorthodoxy
    the quality of being unorthodox
    the quality of being orthodox (especially in religion)
    erroneousness, error
    inadvertent incorrectness
    exactitude, exactness, precision
    the quality of being exact
    accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal
    inexactitude, inexactness
    the quality of being inaccurate and having errors
    a lack of strict accuracy; laxity of practice
    the quality or state of having merit or value
    the quality or state of lacking merit or value
    hot stuff
    the quality of being popular
    lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute
    lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law
    the quality of strictly conforming to law
    unlawfulness by virtue of violating some legal statute
    invalidity, invalidness
    illogicality as a consequence of having a conclusion that does not follow from the premisses
    unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with law
    the quality of not conforming strictly to law
    of questionable honesty or legality
    civilisation, civilization, refinement
    the quality of excellence in thought and manners and taste
    dash, elan, flair, panache, style
    distinctive and stylish elegance
    daintiness, delicacy, fineness
    the quality of being beautiful and delicate in appearance
    elegance suggestive of a royal court
    elegance indicated by good taste
    breeding, genteelness, gentility
    elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
    chic, chichi, chicness, last word, modishness, smartness, stylishness, swank
    elegance by virtue of being fashionable
    brilliance, grandeur, grandness, magnificence, splendor, splendour
    the quality of being magnificent or splendid or grand
    eclat, pomp
    ceremonial elegance and splendor
    elegance in dress or behavior
    awkwardness, clumsiness, gracelessness, stiffness
    the inelegance of someone stiff and unrelaxed (as by embarrassment)
    dowdiness, drabness, homeliness
    having a drab or dowdy quality; lacking stylishness or elegance
    manginess, seediness, shabbiness, sleaziness
    a lack of elegance as a consequence of wearing threadbare or dirty clothing
    an informal, homely, outdoor look characteristic of those who wear tweeds
    coarseness, commonness, grossness, raunch, vulgarism, vulgarity
    the quality of lacking taste and refinement
    crudeness, roughness
    an unpolished unrefined quality
    boorishness, uncouthness
    inelegance by virtue of being an uncouth boor
    inflation, ostentation, ostentatiousness, pomposity, pompousness, pretentiousness, puffiness, splashiness
    lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
    inelegance indicated by a lack of good taste
    legibility, readability
    a quality of writing (print or handwriting) that can be easily read
    the quality of language that is comprehensible
    the quality of being strikingly expressive or vivid
    clarity, clearness, limpidity, lucidity, lucidness, pellucidity
    the quality of being coherent and easily understood
    coherence, coherency
    logical and orderly and consistent relation of parts
    the quality of being impossible to investigate
    the quality of writing (print or handwriting) that cannot be deciphered
    impenetrability, impenetrableness
    incomprehensibility by virtue of being too dense to understand
    incomprehensibility resulting from irrelevant information or meaningless facts or remarks
    opacity, opaqueness
    incomprehensibility resulting from obscurity of meaning
    abstruseness, obscureness, obscurity, reconditeness
    the quality of being unclear or abstruse and hard to understand
    incomprehensibility as a consequence of being unintelligible
    incomprehensibility as a result of not being clear
    the quality of adhering to moral principles
    failure to adhere to moral principles
    the quality of being humane
    mercifulness, mercy
    a disposition to be kind and forgiving
    atrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, heinousness
    the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
    the stupid brutal quality of a beast
    mercilessness, unmercifulness
    inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving
    sensitiveness, sensitivity
    the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
    insensitiveness, insensitivity
    the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
    according with conscience or morality
    conformity to one's own sense of right conduct
    good, goodness
    moral excellence or admirableness
    chastity, sexual morality, virtue
    morality with respect to sexual relations
    corruption, degeneracy, depravation, depravity, putrefaction
    moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
    the capability of being corrupted
    licentiousness, wantonness
    the quality of being lewd and lascivious
    anomie, anomy
    lack of moral standards in a society
    contrary to conscience or morality
    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
    the quality of being sacred
    profaneness, unsanctification
    unholiness by virtue of being profane
    the quality of being safe
    the quality of not being safe
    curability, curableness
    capability of being cured or healed
    incurability, incurableness
    incapability of being cured or healed
    maternal quality, maternalism, maternity, motherliness
    the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
    fatherliness, paternal quality
    the benignity and protectiveness of or befitting a father
    faithfulness and dependability in personal attachments (especially sexual fidelity)
    complete and wholehearted fidelity
    loyalty, trueness
    the quality of being loyal
    faithlessness, falseness, fickleness, inconstancy
    unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous
    the quality of being disloyal
    artlessness, ingenuousness, innocence, naturalness
    the quality of innocent naivete
    credulousness, gullibility
    tendency to believe too readily and therefore to be easily deceived
    simple mindedness, simpleness, simplicity
    a lack of penetration or subtlety
    directness, straightness
    trueness of course toward a goal
    having the characteristic of lacking a true course toward a goal
    the characteristic of being strong enough to withstand intellectual challenge
    ruralism, rurality
    a rural characteristic or trait
    a distinctive characteristic
    the quality of being well-groomed and neatly tailored
    harshness, roughness
    the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses
    effectiveness, potency, strength
    capacity to produce strong physiological or chemical effects
    valence, valency
    (chemistry) a property of atoms or radicals; their combining power given in terms of the number of hydrogen atoms (or the equivalent)
    valence, valency
    (biology) a relative capacity to unite or react or interact as with antigens or a biological substrate
    the property of being more than sufficient; comfortable sufficiency
    the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
    merit, virtue
    any admirable quality or attribute
    demerit, fault
    a quality or feature deserving censure
    the property of deserving praise
    value sufficient to repay time or effort spent
    worthlessness due to being feeble and ineffectual
    groundlessness, idleness
    the quality of lacking substance or value
    paltriness, sorriness
    worthlessness due to insignificance
    having none of the properties that endow something with value
    shoddiness, trashiness
    the quality of being cheaply imitative of something better
    darn, hoot, red cent
    something of little value
    emptiness, vanity
    the quality of being valueless or futile
    the high value or worth of something
    desirability, desirableness
    the quality of being worthy of desiring
    the quality possessed by something that should be avoided
    benefit, welfare
    something that aids or promotes well-being
    something superior in quality or condition or effect
    the superior one of two alternatives
    most favorable conditions or greatest degree or amount possible under given circumstances
    something inferior in quality or condition or effect
    that which causes harm or destruction or misfortune
    fertility, prolificacy, rankness, richness
    the property of producing abundantly and sustaining vigorous and luxuriant growth
    productiveness, productivity
    the quality of being productive or having the power to produce
    less than adequate
    the quality of lacking the power to produce
    detergence, detergency
    detergent quality; the quality of having cleansing power
    function, purpose, role, use
    what something is used for
    the property of providing useful assistance
    a particular service
    serviceability, serviceableness, usability, usableness, useableness
    the quality of being able to provide good service
    the quality of being instrumental for some purpose
    uselessness as a consequence of having no practical result
    the quality of being without practical use
    concerned with actual use rather than theoretical possibilities
    practicability, practicableness
    the quality of being usable
    concerned with theoretical possibilities rather than actual use
    impracticability, impracticableness
    the quality of not being usable
    competence, competency
    the quality of being adequately or well qualified physically and intellectually
    incompetence, incompetency
    lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications
    a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
    advantage, vantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
    forte, long suit, metier, speciality, specialty, strength, strong point, strong suit
    an asset of special worth or utility
    soundness, wisdom, wiseness
    the quality of being prudent and sensible
    not mentally or physically healthy
    the quality of being something that holds you back
    the quality of being ill-advised
    harmfulness, injuriousness
    destructiveness that causes harm or injury
    anything that harms or destroys
    assertiveness, self-assertiveness
    aggressive self-assurance; given to making bold assertions
    superiority in power or influence
    power to influence or coerce
    persuasiveness, strength
    the power to induce the taking of a course of action or the embracing of a point of view by means of argument or entreaty
    irresistibility, irresistibleness
    the quality of being overpowering and impossible to resist
    interest, interestingness
    the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.)
    chokehold, stranglehold, throttlehold
    complete power over a person or situation
    controlling influence
    a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc
    repellant, repellent
    the power to repel
    power to direct or determine
    jurisdiction, legal power
    (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
    the power to use something or someone
    discretion, free will
    the power of making free choices unconstrained by external agencies
    the power or right to prohibit or reject a proposed or intended act (especially the power of a chief executive to reject a bill passed by the legislature)
    effectiveness, effectivity, effectuality, effectualness
    power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect
    an ability to perform well
    (computer science) the ability to exchange and use information (usually in a large heterogeneous network made up of several local area networks)
    magical ability, magical power
    an ability to perform magic
    Midas touch
    an ability to make and manage large amounts of money
    the ability to make way into or through something
    physical ability
    the ability to perform some physical act; contrasting with mental ability
    the capability or quality of shrinking or contracting, especially by muscle fibers and even some other forms of living matter
    capability, capableness
    the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
    helplessness, impuissance, weakness
    powerlessness revealed by an inability to act
    inability to persuade
    inability to capture or hold one's interest
    having no voice in the management or control of affairs
    paper tiger
    the nature of a person or organization that appears powerful but is actually powerless and ineffectual
    incapability, incapableness
    the quality of not being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
    ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness
    lacking the power to be effective
    a dreamy romantic or sentimental quality
    the quality of being capable of being rated or estimated
    the quality of being scalable
    the quality of being comical
    the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease-causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin-resistant bacteria)
    totipotence, totipotency
    the ability of a cell to give rise to unlike cells and so to develop a new organism or part
    the ability to develop an immune response following exposure to an antigen
    (pathology) inability of a bodily part or organ to function normally
    an exciting but superficial attractiveness
    type of:
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  2. noun
    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
    “each town has a quality all its own”
    synonyms: character, lineament
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    the essential quality of something
    type of:
    attribute, dimension, property
    a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished
  3. noun
    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
    synonyms: timber, timbre, tone
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    any of a series of musical tones whose frequencies are integral multiples of the frequency of a fundamental
    the quality imparted to voiced speech sounds by the action of the resonating chambers of the throat and mouth and nasal cavities
    color, coloration, colour, colouration
    the timbre of a musical sound
    a quality of the voice that is produced by nasal resonators
    plangency, resonance, reverberance, ringing, sonority, sonorousness, vibrancy
    having the character of a loud deep sound; the quality of being resonant
    shrillness, stridence, stridency
    having the timbre of a loud high-pitched sound
    (music) the timbre that is characteristic of a certain range and manner of production of the human voice or of different pipe organ stops or of different musical instruments
    nasal twang, twang
    exaggerated nasality in speech (as in some regional dialects)
    head register, head tone, head voice
    the higher ranges of the voice in speaking or singing; the vibrations of sung notes are felt in the head
    chest register, chest tone, chest voice
    the lower ranges of the voice in speaking or singing
    type of:
    sound property
    an attribute of sound
  4. noun
    a degree or grade of excellence or worth
    “the quality of students has risen”
    synonyms: caliber, calibre
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    high quality, superiority
    the quality of being superior
    inferiority, low quality
    an inferior quality
    choiceness, fineness
    the quality of being very good indeed
    first class
    the highest rank in a classification
    first water
    the highest quality gems
    cleverness, ingeniousness, ingenuity
    the property of being ingenious
    the quality of being poorly made or maintained
    scrawniness, scrubbiness
    the property of being stunted and inferior in size or quality
    second class
    not the highest quality in a classification
    the quality of being poor and inferior and sorry
    type of:
    degree, grade, level
    a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality
  5. noun
    high social status
    “a man of quality
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    echelon, rank, social rank, social station, social status
    position in a social hierarchy
  6. adjective
    of superior grade
    quality paper”
    synonyms: choice, prime, prize, select
    of high or superior quality or performance
  7. adjective
    of high social status
    “people of quality
    “a quality family”
    occupying the highest socioeconomic position in a society
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