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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Those were the criteria: female, with these qualifications. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Congress?," 10 Oct. 2018 Her only qualifications are her experience and training here. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Despite their qualifications, therapists are humans, too. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "8 Signs a Sex Therapist Might Improve Your Life (and How to Find One)," 26 Oct. 2018 But in Manteca, police are still determining whether the attack against Natt meets all of the qualifications of a hate crime, according to a post on the City of Manteca’s Facebook page. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "A 71-Year-Old Sikh Man Was Viciously Attacked and the Primary Suspect Is a Police Chief's Estranged Son," 9 Aug. 2018 Every celebrity seeking office, especially those with show-business backgrounds, has confronted the question of qualifications. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "From Hollywood to Public Office: Cynthia Nixon Tests a Role Played by Men," 19 June 2018 Argentina had a terrible qualification campaign and needed some heroics from Messi to even cement its spot in the World Cup. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "World Cup 2018 teams, 23-man rosters and more from the greatest soccer tournament on earth," 22 May 2018 Plans include involving stakeholders to share ideas and helping develop a leadership profile of qualifications for the next superintendent. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Princeton superintendent leaving for Denver school post," 11 May 2018 Aerials skiing qualification rounds start Saturday, February 17th. Nick Pachelli, Esquire, "What It Feels Like To Be an Olympic Aerial Skier," 16 Feb. 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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