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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Synonyms for qualification


capability, credentials, goods, stuff

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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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Only a few dozen people in the world have the qualifications that China is seeking for this position, a US astronomer told Ars last year. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "China still having trouble staffing up its mega-telescope," 5 Nov. 2018 Over the last few decades, Carnevale said, employers have insisted that entry-level applicants have extensive qualifications and training. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.," 31 Oct. 2018 Does this man have the qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice? Fox News, "Brit Hume on fallout from Kavanaugh hearing; Alan Dershowitz on Rachel Mitchell's performance," 28 Sep. 2018 Causey requested the names of all school system employees who have the academic qualifications and experience necessary under state law to become an interim superintendent. Liz Bowie, baltimoresun.com, "Verletta White to be Baltimore County's interim superintendent for another year," 8 June 2018 The power of negotiation is all in the research One way to figure out your own worth is by considering factors companies use in setting compensation, and expecting to be paid appropriately for having those qualifications. Alanna Miller And Alexa Tsoulis-reay, The Cut, "6 HR Execs on How Equal Pay Really Works," 10 Apr. 2018 To be appointed as mayor, the person must have the same qualifications as a person to be elected as mayor, which are: Must be registered to vote in the city. Karen Farkas, cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights seeking candidates to replace Mayor Earl Leiken," 1 Mar. 2018 Licenses are issued at different levels and judges at the Olympics have the highest qualifications. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "How Do They Measure Ski Jumping Distance? You Actually Need a Special License," 13 Feb. 2018 IndyStar asked each candidate a series of questions about their qualifications and priorities. Leigh Hedger, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know: All of IndyStar's election previews, profiles in 1 handy place," 5 May 2018

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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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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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