Associated with the subjective quality of a thing or phenomenon, such as feel, taste, expertise, image, leadership, reputation.

Qualitative aspects are abstract; they either do not require measurement or cannot be measured because the reality they represent can only be approximated. Knowledge of these aspects is gained through observation combined with interpretative understanding of the underlying thing or phenomenon.

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  • The quality of the fish at the market could be determined by several different qualitative factors including its appearance, texture, and taste.

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  • Lots of chemicals can be identified more quickly by the qualitative features of such chemical, such as color or texture, rather than gathering quantitative data.

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  • My boss called me into his office and told me that I was being assigned to work on a qualitative analysis of the affect of the minimum wage on the standard of living in our city.

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