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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Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, wants them to take three of the six qualification slots reserved for the region. Rob Harris And Graham Dunbar, The Christian Science Monitor, "US, Canada, Mexico win joint 2026 World Cup bid," 13 June 2018 Russia 🇷🇺 Gifted automatic qualification as the home team, this turgid squad are a good bet to be worst hosts since Seth MacFarlane at the 2013 Oscars. Roger Bennett, GQ, "Un-American Football: Your Guide to Enjoying This Yankee-Free World Cup," 12 June 2018 Earlier this year the village sought interest from developers, with five companies submitting qualifications. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 With that greater certainty also comes greater leeway to hire those with scant qualifications. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Trump order risks ‘politicization’ of administrative judiciary," 13 July 2018 Mayor Ron Morrison pushed for the city to issue a request for proposals and qualifications. David Hernandez, sandiegouniontribune.com, "National City to move forward with plans for community gardens," 12 July 2018 More than half of young Germans take an apprenticeship qualification. The Economist, "A welcome upgrade to apprenticeships," 12 July 2018 Hakimi is a Morocco international with 13 caps under his belt, with his only goal for the Lions of the Atlas coming in a 6-0 win over Mali during the qualification phase of the 2018 World Cup. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund Signs Achraf Hakimi From Real Madrid on 2-Year Loan," 11 July 2018 Those inquiries led to a demotion at ASU, and Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio called for the end of his contract, saying officials were misled about Whitaker's qualifications. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Phoenix police to undergo up to $450K implicit bias and cultural competency training," 5 July 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

: 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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