General English

General Science

  • adjective of a high standard


  • noun the amount of excellence of something


  • noun what something is like or how good or bad something is


  • Characteristics of a product, material, or installation/workmanship that may determine its durability, longevity, appearance, safety, efficiency, and/or other attributes.
  • A grade of Idaho white pine equivalent to D select in other species.


  • One dimension along which products can be differentiated. One basis for intraindustry trade is product differentiation in quality, together with differences in comparative advantage for producing quality as well as differences in preference for quality within a heterogeneous population.


  • A property or other distinguishing characteristic. For instance, audibility is the quality of a sound pressure level being sufficient to be detected.
  • Within a given group or realm, superiority or excellence. For example, the reproduction of an audio system which faithfully reproduces the essential characteristics of the source music.

Health Economics

  • (written as Quality)
    The quality of health care is somewhat nebulous, not least as regards the criteria used to judge it (clinical process, hotel services, health outcomes, frequency of adverse events, other outcomes.. .). It has nonetheless been embodied in various ways in economic models of hospitals, nursing homes, nurses and physicians, not least because it seems to be widely thought that higher quality entails higher costs. On nursing homes: Grabowski and Norton (2006). Effects of competition on quality in general: Gowrisankaran and Town (2003). The association between staffing levels and types of staff and patient health has been explored somewhat.

Media Studies

  • adjective referring to certain media works such as television and radio broadcasts and the press which have high production values


  • noun a characteristic of somebody or something
  • noun the general standard or grade of something


  • adjective good. As an appreciative description or exclamation of approval the word is used by British schoolchildren among others.


  • noun a feature of someone’s personality such as perfectionism, dedication or single-mindedness

Origin & History of “quality”

The ultimate source of quality is Latin quālis ‘of what sort?’, a compound pronoun formed from quī ‘who’ and the adjectival suffix -ālis. From it were derived the noun quālitās, source of English quality, and quālificāre, from which English gets qualify (16th c.).