If your boss asks you to do a quantitative analysis of this month's ice cream sales, he's not asking you to talk about how pleasant the customer interactions were. He wants numbers: how many cones did you sell of each flavor?

If quantitative sounds like the word quantity to you, you're on the right track. Something that's quantitative is expressed in terms of quantity. When you're trying to figure out how well your new business is doing, there are all sorts of factors you need to think about, but only some of them can be measured in numbers. Those are quantitative. The other things, like say, how pleasant the room feels, would be qualitative, a word that's often paired with quantitative.

Definitions of quantitative
  1. adjective
    expressible as a quantity or relating to or susceptible of measurement
    “export wheat without quantitative limitations”
    quantitative analysis determines the amounts and proportions of the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture”
    decimal, denary
    numbered or proceeding by tens; based on ten
    based on twelve
    numeric, numerical
    measured or expressed in numbers
    capable of being quantified
    (of numbers) written with three figures
    (usually used in combination) having value of a specified kind
    of or relating to or based on 20
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    involving distinctions based on qualities
    using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation
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  2. adjective
    relating to the measurement of quantity
    quantitative studies”
  3. adjective
    (of verse) having a metric system based on relative duration of syllables
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    (of verse) having lines based on number of syllables rather than on rhythmical arrangement of stresses or quantities
    (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantity
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