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 The cap replaces the previous income qualification. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville replaces income requirement with assistance cap in eviction prevention program," 21 Oct. 2020 Since there are plenty of alternatives to these social-media platforms, their actions merely drew more attention to the story while calling into question their qualification for Section 230 immunity from lawsuits. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Washington Can Put a Stop to Twitter’s Game-Playing on Censorship," 20 Oct. 2020 Now, says ArianeGroup, all of its engines are ready for flight after a series of qualification tests. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Sweden invests in launch site, SLS hotfire test in a month," 16 Oct. 2020 Justice Brett Kavanaugh spoke of coaching his daughters’ basketball teams, but there was little focus on his family life as a qualification. New York Times, "Why ‘Supermom’ Gets Star Billing on Résumés for Public Office," 14 Oct. 2020 Seikaly also pointed to her legal career as a qualification for Congress. Dallas News, "GOP incumbent Rep. Van Taylor faces Democrat Lulu Seikaly in fast-changing, competitive Collin County," 13 Oct. 2020 The amount of the grant will be based on three qualification tiers. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage offers $7M in grants to restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses affected by COVID-19," 10 Oct. 2020 Its launch will come after its hardware readiness and flight software qualification are signed off on. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Boeing astronaut drops, NASA adds vet to Starliner crew launch," 8 Oct. 2020 The Tigers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and appeared poised to crack the eight-team field before the OHSAA expanded qualification for all schools this year. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Big backs pace Perry, Keystone: OHSAA Division IV football playoffs preview," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Qualification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualification. Accessed 31 Oct. 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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