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[kwol-uh-fahy-er] /ˈkwɒl əˌfaɪ ər/
a person or thing that qualifies.
  1. a word that qualifies the meaning of another, as an adjective or adverb; modifier.
  2. an adverb that modifies adjectives or other adverbs and typically expresses degree or intensity, as very, somewhat, or quite.
Origin of qualifier
1555-65; qualify + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for qualifier
  • 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.
  • It's difficult to shake off the feeling that it is deliberate, done in the knowledge that the qualifier will get dropped.
  • Having said this, there's a qualifier: universal health insurance probably isn't best described as a public good.
  • OK, with this added qualifier it makes a little more sense.
  • Note also that truth is the strongest qualifier of them all, and generally not applicable to anything other than mathematics.
  • In fact, he had no power to place an asterisk or any other qualifier on anything.
  • Then she makes some apologetic qualifier that gets her pretty mouth into even bigger trouble.
British Dictionary definitions for qualifier


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
a preliminary heat or contest
(grammar) another word for modifier (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for qualifier

1560s, agent noun from qualify. Grammatical sense is from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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