qualifier

[kwol-uh-fahy-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that qualifies.
2.
Grammar.
a.
a word that qualifies the meaning of another, as an adjective or adverb; modifier.
b.
an adverb that modifies adjectives or other adverbs and typically expresses degree or intensity, as very, somewhat, or quite.

Origin:
1555–65; qualify + -er1

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qualifier (ˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that qualifies, esp a contestant in a competition who wins a preliminary heat or contest and so earns the right to take part in the next round
2.  a preliminary heat or contest
3.  grammar another word for modifier

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Example sentences
More than one in every hundred words is a qualifier.
Unique is an absolute and should never be modified with a qualifier.
That's why my policy reads as it does with the qualifier of non-educational
  purposes.
Britton, a qualifier, is easily the surprise of the tournament.
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