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a. Expressed or expressible as a quantity.
b. Of, relating to, or susceptible of measurement.
c. Of or relating to number or quantity.
2. Of or relating to a metrical system based on the duration of syllables rather than on stress. Used especially of classical Greek and Latin verse.

[Medieval Latin quantitātīvus, from Latin quantitās, quantitāt-, quantity, from quantus, how great; see quantity.]

quan′ti·ta′tive·ly adv.


(ˈkwɒntɪtətɪv; -ˌteɪ-) or


1. involving or relating to considerations of amount or size. Compare qualitative
2. capable of being measured
3. (Poetry) prosody denoting or relating to a metrical system, such as that in Latin and Greek verse, that is based on the relative length rather than stress of syllables
ˈquantitatively, ˈquantitively adv


(ˈkwɒn tɪˌteɪ tɪv)

1. being or capable of being measured by quantity.
2. of or pertaining to the describing or measuring of quantity.
3. pertaining to or based on the relative duration of syllables: Classical prosody was quantitative.
4. of or pertaining to the length of a speech sound.
[1575–85; < Medieval Latin quantitātīvus= Latin quantitāt- (s. of quantitās) quantity + -īvus -ive]
quan′ti•ta`tive•ly, adv.


Describes a statement, or analysis, which gives the amounts of an item present.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.quantitative - 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"
qualitative - involving distinctions based on qualities; "qualitative change"; "qualitative data"; "qualitative analysis determines the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture"
2.quantitative - relating to the measurement of quantity; "quantitative studies"
3.quantitative - (of verse) having a metric system based on relative duration of syllables; "in typical Greek and Latin verse of the classical period the rhymic system is based on some arrangement of long and short elements"
accentual - (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantity; "accentual poetry is based on the number of stresses in a line"; "accentual rhythm"
syllabic - (of verse) having lines based on number of syllables rather than on rhythmical arrangement of stresses or quantities


[ˈkwɒntɪtətɪv] ADJcuantitativo


[ˈkwɒntɪtətɪv] adjquantitatif/ive


adj, quantitatively
advquantitativ; restrictions, controlsquantitativ, mengenmäßig; in quantitative termsrein quantitativ or mengenmäßig betrachtet


[ˈkwɒntɪtətɪv] adjquantitativo/a
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The difficulty with quantitative characters is that they tend to be continuous in their variation.
Given the importance of quantitative characters for breeding programs, studies have been conducted with multivariate techniques for various species such as vine (BORGES et al.
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Variability, heritability and inter-relationship of important quantitative characters in eggplant.
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Therefore, heritability values along with estimates of genetic advance would be more reliable than heritability alone (Lakshmana, 2009) and mere estimates of heritability only give the indication about the magnitude of inheritance of quantitative characters while, genetic advance helps in devising the selection procedure to be adopted in field crops (Jahnson et al.
In addition, quantitative characters of fruit and seed related parameters, number of days of emergence of flowers, number of flowers, number of pod per plant, number of seeds per pod, seeds per plant, nut size and weight of 100 nuts were evaluated, and data were collected in replicates of three.
Correlation analysis of quantitative characters showed that the plant height (PH) and grain number per panicle (GNP) were the main factors which can increase yield.
In addition to the quantitative characters, the qualitative, multicategorical, and binary characteristics are important traits to be considered in the selection of materials for in natura consumption because they also contribute to the product quality (BONASIA et al.
The study and knowledge on quantitative characters represent the primary interest for plant breeding, since the beginning of soybean genetic researches, looking for more efficient breeding methods (Farias, 2008).
A Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was undertaken on quantitative characters using SPAD 4.

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