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


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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Among sales-tax opponents, Osceola resident Mark Peters quizzed board members on their qualifications and questioned how the county could be both well off financially while still needing more money for transportation. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola forms advisory committee to pore through budget amid resident scrutiny of spending," 16 July 2019 In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled that states — in that case, Arkansas — could not add on their own qualifications for congressional candidates. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Will Gavin Newsom try to kick Trump off the California ballot?," 15 July 2019 Her only connection to the country, and her sole qualification for citizenship, is that her ancestors were expelled from it during a bout of anti-Semitism half a millennium ago. The Economist, "British Jews trace Iberian heritage to retain EU citizenship," 4 July 2019 Before Tuesday night’s vote, the committee members decided in a roll-call ballot to block the candidates for chairman from talking to the group about their qualifications. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "State Republicans re-elect J.R. Romano as party chairman by wide margin," 25 June 2019 In his first week in the post, members of Congress, a union representing USCIS employees, and immigration advocates have all challenged his qualifications and the legality of the appointment. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "Why Trump's USCIS Pick Might Be His Most Controversial Yet," 21 June 2019 Soccer: In the Copa America at Porto Alegre, Brazil, Uruguay drew 2-2 with Japan and delayed until the last round of the group stage its likely qualification to the knockout stage. SFChronicle.com, "No change to NFL pass-interference rule by competition committee," 20 June 2019 The fairest and most sensible approach is to judge them on the basis of their qualifications and policies, not their age. Louise Aronson, Twin Cities, "Louise Aronson: I’m a geriatrician, and I’m fine with an 80-year-old running for president," 14 June 2019 But the Senate wouldn’t confirm that appointment either, in a dispute that had nothing to do with her qualifications. Bill Lambrecht, ExpressNews.com, "Julián Castro draws on HUD experience as 2020 candidates pitch affordable housing plans," 13 June 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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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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something desired as essential

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