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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Qualitative  \Qual"i*ta*tive\,  a.  [Cf.  LL  gualitativus  F. 
  Relating  to  quality;  having  the  character  of  quality.  -- 
  {Qual"i*ta*tive*ly},  adv 
  {Qualitative  analysis}  (Chem.),  analysis  which  merely 
  determines  the  constituents  of  a  substance  without  any 
  regard  to  the  quantity  of  each  ingredient;  --  contrasted 
  with  quantitative  analysis. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Analysis  \A*nal"y*sis\,  n.;  pl  {Analyses}.  [Gr.  ?,  fr  ?  to 
  unloose,  to  dissolve,  to  resolve  into  its  elements;  ?  up  +  ? 
  to  loose.  See  {Loose}.] 
  1.  A  resolution  of  anything  whether  an  object  of  the  senses 
  or  of  the  intellect,  into  its  constituent  or  original 
  elements;  an  examination  of  the  component  parts  of  a 
  subject,  each  separately,  as  the  words  which  compose  a 
  sentence,  the  tones  of  a  tune,  or  the  simple  propositions 
  which  enter  into  an  argument.  It  is  opposed  to 
  2.  (Chem.)  The  separation  of  a  compound  substance,  by 
  chemical  processes,  into  its  constituents,  with  a  view  to 
  ascertain  either  a  what  elements  it  contains,  or  b  how 
  much  of  each  element  is  present.  The  former  is  called 
  {qualitative},  and  the  latter  {quantitative  analysis}. 
  3.  (Logic)  The  tracing  of  things  to  their  source,  and  the 
  resolving  of  knowledge  into  its  original  principles. 
  4.  (Math.)  The  resolving  of  problems  by  reducing  the 
  conditions  that  are  in  them  to  equations. 
  a  A  syllabus,  or  table  of  the  principal  heads  of  a 
  discourse,  disposed  in  their  natural  order 
  b  A  brief,  methodical  illustration  of  the  principles  of 
  a  science.  In  this  sense  it  is  nearly  synonymous  with 
  6.  (Nat.  Hist.)  The  process  of  ascertaining  the  name  of  a 
  species,  or  its  place  in  a  system  of  classification,  by 
  means  of  an  analytical  table  or  key. 
  {Ultimate},  {Proximate},  {Qualitative},  {Quantitative},  and 
  {Volumetric  analysis}.  (Chem.)  See  under  {Ultimate}, 
  {Proximate},  {Qualitative},  etc 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  involving  distinctions  based  on  qualities;  "qualitative 
  change";  "qualitative  data";  "qualitative  analysis 
  determines  the  chemical  constituents  of  a  substance  or 
  mixture"  [ant:  {quantitative}] 
  2:  relating  to  or  involving  comparisons  based  on  qualities 

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