qualification

noun
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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Synonyms for qualification

Synonyms

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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Cantor also noted the challenges facing the community and the need for a financial plan moving forward, noting that a request for qualifications has been posted to evaluate the West Hartford Fire Department and the paramedic services. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "West Hartford Town Council Adopts $287.8 Million Budget With Partisan Vote," 25 Apr. 2018 Her research apparently focuses on making employee behavior more sustainable for the environment, and she's worked extensively as a consultant since gaining her prestigious qualification. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jude Law’s New Wife, Phillipa Coan, Wants to Tackle Climate Change," 2 May 2019 The acting chief of the Federal Aviation Administration has told lawmakers there were no systemic problems with the qualifications of key agency staff who helped establish pilot-training mandates for Boeing Co.’s grounded 737 MAX jet. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "FAA Disputes Allegations of Staffers’ Lapses on 737 MAX Training," 5 Apr. 2019 The qualifications required included being an electrician and having the refrigerant certifications. Donna Kiesling, Post-Tribune, "Ivy Tech helps steelworkers learn while they earn," 21 June 2018 Japan manager Akira Nishino expressed his regret for instructing his side to resort to a farcical plan in order to secure qualification for the knockout stages of the World Cup. SI.com, "Akira Nishino Laments 'Regrettable' Ploy After Japan Seal Controversial Passage Into Last 16," 28 June 2018 Securing Champions League qualification is now the priority for Chelsea with any prospect of successfully defending the title evaporating long ago with leader Manchester City 19 points ahead of the champions. USA TODAY, "Hazard lifts Chelsea gloom with double in win over West Brom," 12 Feb. 2018 Admitting students with academic qualifications significantly below those of their peers puts them at a disadvantage, whatever their race. Heather Mac Donald, WSJ, "Diversity Delusions at North Carolina," 10 Feb. 2019 Netflix’s new four-part adaptation, a coproduction with the BBC that starts streaming on December 23, also comes with qualifications. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Netflix’s Watership Down Is Not (Really) for Kids—And That’s a Good Thing," 22 Dec. 2018

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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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qualification

noun

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

qualification

noun
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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