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 Doctors would have to meet certain qualifications before prescribing marijuana. al, "Medical marijuana bill introduced in Alabama," 13 Feb. 2020 Yang, who was absent from the Iowa debate last month, met the qualifications for New Hampshire which included polling and donor thresholds. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "All eyes on New Hampshire as Democrats gather for debate before primary - live updates," 7 Feb. 2020 The council’s bill would require potential voters to meet the same qualifications as other voters under the state’s election law, including being 18 years old on Election Day. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City Bill Would Let Green Card Holders Vote in Local Elections," 23 Jan. 2020 The four frontrunners will be joined on stage at Drake University by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and billionaire Tom Steyer, the only other candidates to meet the Democratic National Convention’s increasingly steep qualifications for the debates. Time, "With No Clear Frontrunner, 6 Candidates Head Into The Democratic Debate in Iowa," 15 Jan. 2020 Yang, one of the 14 Democrats vying for the 2020 presidential nomination, failed to meet the qualifications for the Ohio ballot, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a statement Saturday. Megan Henry, Cincinnati.com, "Andrew Yang announces write-in campaign for Ohio primary," 6 Jan. 2020 The city has pumped more money into its down payment assistance program, which loans up to $15,000 at no interest to approved applicants meeting certain income qualifications. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio, Bexar County face housing squeeze, census numbers show," 18 Dec. 2019 Harris had met the polling and fundraising qualifications for the debate but has now bowed out. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "Kamala Harris’s Early Exit from the Presidential Campaign," 3 Dec. 2019 All 12 candidates met the Democratic National Committee's qualifications for the CNN/New York Times debate, which included registering at least two percent in four qualifying polls and receiving donations from at least 130,000 online donors. NBC News, "October's Democratic debate to feature biggest debate stage yet," 2 Oct. 2019

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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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17 Feb 2020

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“Qualification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualification. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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