qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce qualification (audio) \

Definition of qualification

1 : a restriction in meaning or application : a limiting modification this statement stands without qualification
2a obsolete : nature
b archaic : characteristic
3a : a quality or skill that fits a person (as for an office) the applicant with the best qualifications
b : a condition or standard that must be complied with (as for the attainment of a privilege) a qualification for membership

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Examples of qualification in a Sentence

She is finishing up her qualification in marketing. He is studying for his teaching qualification. Students working towards their qualifications.
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Recent Examples on the Web Currently, the call is out to train workers for positions as able seafarer deck, a qualification needed to sail internationally, and chief cooks and stewards. Anchorage Daily News, "Seafarers union looks to Alaska as it seeks hundreds of apprentice workers on contracted vessels," 13 Apr. 2021 Yarbrough, who pitched 55 2/3 innings in 2020 to fall just short of ERA title qualification, slots in nicely with that group with a pitch-specific Adjusted Contact Score of 57 and a whiff rate of 18.4%. Tony Blengino, Forbes, "More Of The Best Pitches Of 2020 - The Rays’ Ryan Yarbrough’s Changeup," 12 Apr. 2021 After carelessly spilling points, questions have started to be asked about whether the two storied clubs will even achieve a top four finish and Champions League qualification. Reuters, CNN, "Super Saturday leaves Inter with one hand on Serie A trophy," 4 Apr. 2021 Canha fits the role, given that manager Bob Melvin deems getting on base as the top qualification and Canha led the A’s in on-base percentage the past two years. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's Mark Canha readying for potential leadoff role," 23 Mar. 2021 Létang has said little beyond an insistence that the club cannot rely on qualification for next season’s Champions League for its financial health. New York Times, "A French Soccer Team Clings to First Place as the Bottom Falls Out," 2 Apr. 2021 Sweden begin qualification with the arrival of Georgia on Thursday before visiting Kosovo three days later. Ben Morse, CNN, "Emotional Zlatan Ibrahimovic reduced to tears on return to Sweden squad," 23 Mar. 2021 Of course, computer scientists would most love to prove, without qualification, that a computational question is hard. Quanta Magazine, "Pioneers Linking Math and Computer Science Win the Abel Prize," 17 Mar. 2021 Their book asserts without qualification that those few M.P.s who did speak against the act objected only on grounds of inexpediency and unfairness, and never on the principle of the right. William Hogeland, The New Republic, "Against the Consensus Approach to History," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of qualification

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of qualification was in 1538

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18 Apr 2021

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“Qualification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualification. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of qualification

: a special skill or type of experience or knowledge that makes someone suitable to do a particular job or activity
: something that is necessary in order for you to do, have, or be a part of something
formal : something that is added to a statement to limit or change its effect or meaning


qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce qualification (audio) \

Kids Definition of qualification

1 : a special skill, knowledge, or ability that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity She has the qualifications for teaching.
2 : a condition or requirement that must be met What are the qualifications for membership?
3 : something that is added to a statement to limit or change its meaning I agree without qualification.

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