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 There is no qualification in this corner to completely grasp the reasons for or the backgrounds of individuals who are likely to commit such crimes. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2021 Will there need to be a qualification for this new CPU? Matt Kimball, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Race is not a qualification to be buried at Westview, though the property’s use has been mostly consistent with its original intent. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Now, having kids is no automatic qualification for rational decision-making. Hannah Ritchie, Wired, 1 Nov. 2021 River Forest Village President Catherine Adduci has added a new qualification to her resume with her election as the Illinois Municipal League’s first vice president. Kyra Senese, chicagotribune.com, 4 Oct. 2021 The qualification of the prosecution's star witnesses, who made shoe and tire casts from the scene, has also been called into question. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 26 Oct. 2021 And for those looking for work processing or delivering packages, the primary qualification this year may be having a pulse. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2021 McCorvey’s main qualification, too, was being in the right place in the right condition at the right time, and being willing to sign an affidavit. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021

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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 4 Dec. 2021.

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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 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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