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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Recent Examples on the Web

Among those on the outside looking in, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is within striking distance of qualification. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Tom Steyer appears to qualify for October Democratic debate," 8 Sep. 2019 During the August DNC summer meeting, several candidates blasted the organization for its debate qualifications. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, "What's next for the presidential contenders who didn't make it to the September debate?," 29 Aug. 2019 The governor’s office referred questions about the companies to the ADOC, which did not immediately respond to a request to view the statements of qualifications. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Information scarce on some Alabama prison-building firms," 27 Aug. 2019 Kopser didn’t have to convince that voter about his qualifications, intelligence, commitment to public service or judgment. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Former congressional hopeful declares war on hyper-partisanship," 23 Aug. 2019 Beaumont believes John Fox’s compensation as president and CEO is reasonable based on a rigorous methodology including a review of market data, assessment of job responsibilities and evaluation of qualifications. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Union: Beaumont CEO's compensation jumps 82%, workers outraged over low wages," 15 July 2019 Developers interested in competing for the projects must send a statement of qualifications to the ADOC by Aug. 2. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al.com, "Alabama plans to break ground on 1st new prison in mid-2020," 28 June 2019 The Democratic candidates will assemble once again on July 29 and July 30—but must meet a new set of qualifications. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch Night 2 of the Democratic Debates Online for Free—Even Without Cable," 27 June 2019 The district had voiced concerns about the charter school’s curriculum and staff qualifications. Lilly Nguyen, Daily Pilot, "Disputed charter school ready to open in Newport-Mesa district," 28 Aug. 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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