Definition of Quality

1. Noun. An essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone. "The quality of mercy is not strained"

Generic synonyms: Attribute
Specialized synonyms: Appearance, Visual Aspect, Attraction, Attractiveness, Clarity, Clearness, Uncloudedness, Opacity, Opaqueness, Divisibility, Ease, Easiness, Simpleness, Simplicity, Difficultness, Difficulty, Burnability, Combustibility, Combustibleness, Suitability, Suitableness, Arability, Impressiveness, Navigability, Neediness, Distressingness, Painfulness, Piquance, Piquancy, Piquantness, Publicity, Spinnability, Ineptness, Unsuitability, Unsuitableness, Protectiveness, Nature, Humanity, Humanness, Manhood, Air, Atmosphere, Aura, Excellence, Ultimate, Characteristic, Salability, Salableness, Changeability, Changeableness, Changelessness, Unchangeability, Unchangeableness, Unchangingness, Sameness, Difference, Certainty, Foregone Conclusion, Sure Thing, Probability, Precariousness, Uncertainness, Uncertainty, Factuality, Factualness, Counterfactuality, Corporality, Corporeality, Materiality, Physicalness, Immateriality, Incorporeality, Particularity, Specialness, Generality, Simpleness, Simplicity, Complexity, Complexness, Regularity, Irregularity, Unregularity, Mobility, Immobility, Pleasantness, Sweetness, Unpleasantness, Believability, Credibility, Credibleness, Incredibility, Incredibleness, Logicality, Logicalness, Illogic, Illogicality, Illogicalness, Inconsequence, Naturalness, Unnaturalness, Vertu, Virtu, Wholesomeness, Morbidity, Morbidness, Unwholesomeness, Satisfactoriness, Unsatisfactoriness, Mundaneness, Mundanity, Ordinariness, Extraordinariness, Ethnicity, Curiousness, Foreignness, Strangeness, Nativeness, Originality, Unoriginality, Correctness, Rightness, Incorrectness, Wrongness, Accuracy, Truth, Accuracy, Inaccuracy, Distinction, Popularity, Unpopularity, Lawfulness, Unlawfulness, Elegance, Elegance, Inelegance, Urbanity, Comprehensibility, Understandability, Expressiveness, Incomprehensibility, Humaneness, Inhumaneness, Inhumanity, Morality, Immorality, Amorality, Divinity, Holiness, Sanctitude, Sanctity, Ideality, Unholiness, Parental Quality, Faithfulness, Fidelity, Infidelity, Unfaithfulness, Mundaneness, Mundanity, Sophistication, Worldliness, Naiveness, Naivete, Naivety, Hardness, Penetrability, Perviousness, Impenetrability, Imperviousness, Soapiness, Fibrosity, Fibrousness, Directiveness, Directivity, Extremeness, Closeness, Stuffiness, Adequacy, Sufficiency, Worth, Ineptitude, Worthlessness, Good, Goodness, Bad, Badness, Fecundity, Fruitfulness, Aridity, Barrenness, Fruitlessness, Usefulness, Utility, Inutility, Unusefulness, Uselessness, Asset, Plus, Constructiveness, Destructiveness, Positiveness, Positivism, Positivity, Negativeness, Negativism, Negativity, Occidentalism, Orientalism, Power, Powerfulness, Ability, Impotence, Impotency, Powerlessness, Inability, Unfitness, Romance, Romanticism, Domesticity, Boundlessness, Infiniteness, Infinitude, Limitlessness, Unboundedness, Boundedness, Finiteness, Finitude, Measurability, Quantifiability, Solubility, Insolubility, Stuff, Hot Stuff, Voluptuousness, Humor, Humour, Pathos, Poignancy, Tone, Brachycephalism, Brachycephaly, Dolichocephalism, Dolichocephaly, Relativity, Responsiveness, Deadness, Unresponsiveness, Subjectivism, Snootiness, Ulteriority, Memorability, Woodiness, Woodsiness, Waxiness
Attributes: Good, Bad, Positive, Negative
Derivative terms: Qualify

2. Adjective. Of superior grade. "Select peaches"
Exact synonyms: Choice, Prime, Prize, Select
Similar to: Superior
Derivative terms: Choiceness

3. Noun. A degree or grade of excellence or worth. "An executive of low caliber"
Exact synonyms: Caliber, Calibre
Specialized synonyms: High Quality, Superiority, Inferiority, Low Quality
Generic synonyms: Degree, Grade, Level
Attributes: Superior, Inferior
Derivative terms: Qualify, Qualify, Qualify

4. Adjective. Of high social status. "A quality family"
Similar to: Upper-class

5. Noun. A characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something. "The radical character of our demands"
Exact synonyms: Character, Lineament
Generic synonyms: Attribute, Dimension, Property
Specialized synonyms: Texture
Derivative terms: Characterise, Characterise, Characteristic, Characterize, Characterize, Qualify, Qualify

6. Noun. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound). "The muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
Exact synonyms: Timber, Timbre, Tone
Generic synonyms: Sound Property
Specialized synonyms: Harmonic, Resonance, Color, Coloration, Colour, Colouration, Nasality, Plangency, Resonance, Reverberance, Ringing, Sonority, Sonorousness, Vibrancy, Shrillness, Stridence, Stridency, Register
Category relationships: Music
Derivative terms: Tonal, Tone

7. Noun. High social status. "A man of quality"
Generic synonyms: Rank, Social Rank, Social Station, Social Status
Derivative terms: Qualify

Definition of Quality

1. n. The condition of being of such and such a sort as distinguished from others; nature or character relatively considered, as of goods; character; sort; rank.

Definition of Quality

1. Noun. Level of excellence ¹

2. Noun. (emergency medicine countable) The third step in OPQRST where the responder investigates what the NOI/MOI feels like. ¹

3. Noun. A property or an attribute that differentiates a thing or person. ¹

4. Noun. (thermodynamics) In a two-phase liquid-vapor mixture, the ratio of the mass of vapor present to the total mass of the mixture. ¹

5. Noun. (archaic) High social position. (See also (term the quality).) ¹

6. Noun. The degree to which a man-made object or system is free from bugs and flaws, as opposed to scope of functions or quantity of items. ¹

7. Adjective. Being of good worth, well made, fit for purpose. ¹

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Definition of Quality

1. a characteristic or attribute [n -TIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Quality

qualifying facility
qualifying position
qualifying positions
qualitative alteration
qualitative analysis
qualitative research
qualitative trait
quality (current term)
quality-adjusted life year
quality-adjusted life years
quality adjusted life year
quality circle
quality control
quality control chart
quality factor
quality magazine
quality of health care
quality of life
quality time

Literary usage of Quality

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"1.3 Trends in water quality After the dramatic improvements in water quality of the 1970s, the compliance rate with human health-related environmental ..."

2. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"take further measures to reduce diffuse discharges from agriculture; - give special attention to maintaining the quality of water bodies and aquatic ..."

3. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2001)
"Water quality The quality of surface waters is assessed against 30 parameters (eg oxygen balance, nutrient balance, microbiological, micropollutants) and ..."

4. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume (1890)
"The equivocation in terms under which this contradiction is generally covered is that between ' idea' and ' quality.' ' Whatever the mind perceives in ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"The guttural is a harsh, grating, impure quality the resonance of which is hi ... The pectoral is a hollow, hoarse, sepulchral quality with the resonance in ..."

6. Environmental Performance Reviews by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Committee on Environmental Policy (2006)
"instruments for improving air quality. The Czech Republic is also bound to ... Czech ambient air quality standards have become somewhat more stringent since ..."

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