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

n 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
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 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
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
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
simmpleness, simplicity
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: "he questioned the adequacy of the usual sentimental interpretation of the Golden Rule"
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
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
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
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an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

n a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

“each town has a quality all its own”
character, lineament
the essential quality of something
Type of:
attribute, dimension, property
a construct whereby objects or individuals can be distinguished

n (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

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

n a degree or grade of excellence or worth

“the quality of students has risen”
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

n high social status

“a man of quality
Type of:
echelon, rank, social rank, social station, social status
position in a social hierarchy

adj of superior grade

quality paper”
choice, prime, prize, select
of high or superior quality or performance

adj of high social status

“people of quality
“a quality family”
occupying the highest socioeconomic position in a society

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