Adjective "quantitative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to, measuring, or measured by the quantity of something rather than its quality.
  1. 'One of the few ways we have of doing so is through quantitative and qualitative research, and we have required that that be done.'
  2. 'Oxygen is able to embrittle beryllium, but there is no quantitative measure of the effect.'
  3. 'That may be appropriate, but using these qualitative data for quantitative statistics is fraught with difficulty.'
  4. 'Evaluation may involve subjective and objective measures and qualitative and quantitative approaches.'
  5. 'This is particularly important, as the mapping is only as good as the quality of the quantitative phenotypic data.'
  6. 'A water medium can be used for all types of algae for qualitative and quantitative studies.'
  7. 'Familiarity is a quantitative measure of the number of buyers familiar with the company.'
  8. 'The transformation of score values assigned to single cells resulted in a quantitative outcome measure for each proband.'
  9. 'We were unable to find evidence of any benefit or detriment for the burden of carers as assessed by two quantitative measures.'
  10. 'Furthermore, polyclonal antibodies were used to assess quantitative and qualitative changes of the enzyme.'
  11. '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.'
  12. 'The rhythms of both Greek and Latin poetry are based on the quantitative length of syllables, not on stress accent as are English rhythms.'


1. that is or may be estimated by quantity.

2. of or relating to the describing or measuring of quantity.

3. of or relating to a metrical system, as that of classical verse, based on the alternation of long and short, rather than accented and unaccented, syllables.

4. of or relating to the length of a spoken vowel or consonant.

More examples(as adjective)

"experiments can be quantitative in ways."

"restrictions can be quantitative."

"analyses can be quantitative."

"methods can be quantitative."

"measures can be quantitative."

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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘having magnitude or spatial extent’): from medieval Latin quantitativus, from Latin quantitas (see quantity).