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noun quality pronunciation in British English /ˈkwɒləti/ 
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pluralqualities
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the quality of something is how good or bad it is

    This cut in funding will adversely affect the quality of education in our schools.

    high/good/top quality:

    The food is of the highest quality.

    poor/bad/low quality:

    poor-quality workmanship

    1. a.
      [uncountable] a high standard

      a company with a reputation for quality and reliability

  2. 2
    [countable] a feature of a person's character, especially when it is a positive one such as honesty, kindness, or a special ability

    What is the quality you most admire in others?

    personal qualities:

    Do you possess the right personal qualities to be a teacher?

    leadership qualities (=the ability to be a good leader):

    a woman with strong leadership qualities

    1. a.
      a feature of a thing, substance, place etc

      the addictive qualities of tobacco

      His novels have a certain formulaic quality.

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