qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

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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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 To admit the same number of African-Americans without considering race, Harvard says, the school would have to give more weight to socioeconomic status than to academic qualifications. Nicole Hong And Melissa Korn, WSJ, "The Secrets of Getting Into Harvard Were Once Closely Guarded. That’s About to Change.," 11 Oct. 2018 The questions apply not only to Asubonten's qualifications, but the process that led to his appointment to a post with responsibilities requiring top-flight management skills and experience. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "After questions raised about CalPERS CFO's background and experience, he's 'no longer with' the pension fund," 21 May 2018 But the former figure skater and inline speed skater managed to learn the specifics of the precision sport with enough mastery in just that short time to make the U.S. Olympic team, surprising many with her unexpected jump to team qualification. Raisa Bruner, Time, "10 of the Essential Winter Olympics 2018 U.S. Athletes to Follow on Instagram Now," 25 Jan. 2018 Even McConnell has alluded to concerns about Whitaker’s qualifications. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Republican group runs “protect Mueller” ad on Trump’s favorite show," 14 Nov. 2018 The firm alleges Campbell has failed to disclose or has misstated facts about the qualifications of two descendants on the board, Bennett Dorrance and Mary Alice Malone. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Third Point Sues Campbell, Alleging Misinformation," 25 Oct. 2018 Avenatti did not respond to questions about Tobin's qualifications, and said the attorney who retained Tobin is no longer with the firm. Maeve Reston, CNN, "Exclusive: How a 'nobody' ex-con pushed Avenatti law firm into bankruptcy," 1 June 2018 Long before the release, many Republicans, including Isakson, had joined Democrats and veterans advocates in expressing concern about Jackson's qualifications to lead VA. Anchorage Daily News, "White House: No evidence that Jackson ‘wrecked’ a vehicle as president’s physician," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of qualification

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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