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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.
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 qualifications
  • The database appears to have come from a system used for tracking training and qualifications of military personnel.
  • They could afford to tailor the requirements to meet someone of his qualifications.
  • People interested in adopting these animals must apply and meet the necessary qualifications.
  • They should include special qualifications that would make them suitable for the mission.
  • Hardly a recommendation for his scientific qualifications.
  • It is a well known logical fallacy to deny an argument based on the author or the author's qualifications.
  • The reader's first inquiry will be as to the qualifications of the editor.
  • The rank which his birth gave him was rendered more illustrious by the excellent qualifications of his mind and body.
  • And when she was satisfied in these qualifications, she would consider of his personage.
  • None of these can be dispensed with, since there are no less than three parenthetic qualifications to the sentence.
British Dictionary definitions for qualifications


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 qualifications



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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