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 That year an eminently qualified candidate who embodied a notably bellicose variant of the Marshall tradition lost to an opponent who openly mocked that tradition while possessing no qualifications for high office whatsoever. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 Trump's qualifications for that job may have been part of the discussion at CPAC under different circumstances, but no longer. Edward Morrissey, TheWeek, "CPAC feels the Bern," 27 Feb. 2020 Manchester United opened the race for the final Champions League qualification spots in the Premier League on Monday by beating fourth-place Chelsea 2-0 behind headers by Anthony Martial and Harry Maguire. SFChronicle.com, "Manchester United upsets Chelsea, opens up race for last Champions League spot," 17 Feb. 2020 Some savings, like education costs, can be redeemed as either a credit or a deduction, depending on qualifications for each. cleveland, "What is the difference between exemptions, deductions and credits on your taxes?," 15 Feb. 2020 Barrett said he was focused on the policy issue of promoting someone who already is collecting a city pension and not commenting on an individual's qualifications. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Unfair to the taxpayers': Barrett criticizes MPD promotion of formerly retired captain who will now collect at least $190,000 a year," 7 Feb. 2020 The Brickyard 400 will follow on July 5, with qualifications for that race held earlier in the morning. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "IMS announces Xfinity Series will run the Pennzoil 150 on the 14-turn road course in 2020," 4 Feb. 2020 The man went to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and was first dismissed by Howard Orenstein based on occupational qualification — basically Santa is white, so therefore Santa has to be white, Herrington said. Kaitlin Mccallum, courant.com, "Black Santa is coming to town for an all-inclusive party at Kamora’s Cultural Corner in Hartford," 11 Dec. 2019 After missing out on qualification for the 2012 London Olympics on the track, Kipchoge switched to the marathon and has since been pushing the boundaries of the discipline. Eric Willemsen, The Denver Post, "Eliud Kipchoge first to break 2-hour mark in marathon event," 12 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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“Qualification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualification. Accessed 29 Mar. 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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