Definitions for qualitativeˈkwɒl ɪˌteɪ tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
qual•i•ta•tiveˈkwɒl ɪˌteɪ tɪv(adj.)
pertaining to or concerned with quality or qualities.
Origin of qualitative:
1600–10; < LL quālitātīvus= L quālitāt- (s. of quālitās) quality+-īvus -ive
involving distinctions based on qualities
"qualitative change"; "qualitative data"; "qualitative analysis determines the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture"
relating to or involving comparisons based on qualities
of descriptions or distinctions based on some quality rather than on some quantity
of a form of analysis that yields the identity of a compound
relating to quality; having the character of quality
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
Involving the determination only of the presence or absence of a substance or condition, without regard to quantity. Thus a compass held near a wire might determine qualitatively whether a current was passing through the wire, but would not be sufficient to determine its quantity. (See Quantitative.)