qualification

noun

qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌkwä-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce qualification (audio)
1
: a restriction in meaning or application : a limiting modification
this statement stands without qualification
2
a
obsolete : nature
b
archaic : characteristic
3
a
: 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

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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Qualification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualification. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

qualification

noun
qual·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌkwäl-ə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce qualification (audio)
1
: the act or an instance of qualifying
2
: the state of being qualified
3
a
: a special skill, knowledge, or ability that fits a person for a particular work or position
b
: a condition that must be met (as to gain a privilege)

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