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[kwol-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌkwɒl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
a quality, accomplishment, etc., that fits a person for some function, office, or the like.
a circumstance or condition required by law or custom for getting, having, or exercising a right, holding an office, or the like.
the act of qualifying; state of being qualified.
modification, limitation, or restriction:
to endorse a plan without qualification.
an instance of this:
He protected his argument with several qualifications.
Origin of qualification
1535-45; < Medieval Latin quālificātiōn- (stem of quālificātiō), equivalent to quālificāt(us) (past participle of quālificāre to qualify) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonqualification, noun
overqualification, noun
prequalification, noun
requalification, noun
4. reservation, stipulation, condition. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for qualification
  • But he believes a professional licence could still be a useful qualification even if it was not a requirement for all managers.
  • It's a paper qualification that poisons the whole field.
  • It is astonishing to see people advertise their ignorance as though it were a qualification.
  • There are a lot of people with some qualification to speak on the matter who have tended to view the map as genuine.
  • Looking forward to hear a statement without any qualification apologizing to the scientific community about misleading them.
  • No one would be willing to concede the latter qualification and few the former.
  • There is no qualification for government but virtue and wisdom, actual or presumptive.
  • The suffrage was thus limited by a strict property qualification.
  • Yet personal frustration, however sincere, is obviously not alone a qualification to govern and mend this largely failed state.
  • It seems to me that, with some qualification, they are.
British Dictionary definitions for qualification


an official record of achievement awarded on the successful completion of a course of training or passing of an exam
an ability, quality, or attribute, esp one that fits a person to perform a particular job or task: he has no qualifications to be a teacher
a condition that modifies or limits; restriction
the act of qualifying or state of being qualified
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Word Origin and History for qualification

1540s, "restriction, modification," from Middle French qualification and directly from Medieval Latin qualificationem (nominative qualificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of qualificare (see qualify). Meaning "accomplishment that qualifies someone to do something" is from 1660s; that of "necessary precondition" is from 1723. Related: Qualifications.

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