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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Even McConnell has alluded to concerns about Whitaker’s qualifications. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Republican group runs “protect Mueller” ad on Trump’s favorite show," 14 Nov. 2018 The firm alleges Campbell has failed to disclose or has misstated facts about the qualifications of two descendants on the board, Bennett Dorrance and Mary Alice Malone. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Third Point Sues Campbell, Alleging Misinformation," 25 Oct. 2018 Avenatti did not respond to questions about Tobin's qualifications, and said the attorney who retained Tobin is no longer with the firm. Maeve Reston, CNN, "Exclusive: How a 'nobody' ex-con pushed Avenatti law firm into bankruptcy," 1 June 2018 Long before the release, many Republicans, including Isakson, had joined Democrats and veterans advocates in expressing concern about Jackson's qualifications to lead VA. Anchorage Daily News, "White House: No evidence that Jackson ‘wrecked’ a vehicle as president’s physician," 28 Apr. 2018 The students learned about the qualifications and training required to become a member of the Special Operations branch of the military. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "North Royalton Board of Education Recognizes Students at April Board Meeting: Community Voices," 12 Apr. 2018 Unlike larger banking institutions, peer-to-peer lenders often have more reasonable requirements for loan qualification. Josh Smith, USA TODAY, "Health care costs: 10 credit options to help manage the expenses involved," 16 Apr. 2018 The minimum standard that the city has to meet for qualification is $3.2 million in uninsured damages to public facilities and major damage to at least 25 private structures. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati to begin flood damage assessments on 1,000 structures," 28 Feb. 2018 The school said Benjamin misrepresented his qualifications before being hired. Emery P. Dalesio, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit continues against novelist Sparks, school he started," 19 Nov. 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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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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to gather or build up little by little

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