qual·i·fied | \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd \

Definition of qualified 

1a : fitted (as by training or experience) for a given purpose : competent

b : having complied with the specific requirements or precedent conditions (as for an office or employment) : eligible

2 : limited or modified in some way qualified approval

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Other Words from qualified

qualifiedly \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī(-ə)d-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for qualified


able, capable, competent, equal, fit, good, suitable


incompetent, inept, poor, unfit, unfitted, unqualified

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Examples of qualified in a Sentence

She is highly qualified for the job. I'm not qualified to give you advice about what you should do. She gave a qualified yes to the question. The plan was given qualified approval.
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Acting by qualified-majority vote, as the new regulations permitted, the EU’s Council of Ministers duly suspended development-fund money to Poland in October 2020. The Economist, "Breaking point: December 2020," 5 July 2018 Iceland, a country of just 330,000 people and only traces of soccer tradition, not only qualified but enhanced its reputation as a global force. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The World Cup arrives, with its galaxy of stars," 13 June 2018 Mr Kavanaugh is highly qualified, an unremarkable choice for a Republican president. The Economist, "Brett Kavanaugh could shape the law for the next 40 years," 12 July 2018 As a strong starting point, policymakers can hold back from making education policy changes without engaging the full and authentic input of those who are best qualified, experienced and trained to educate children — our educators. Nancy Webb, charlotteobserver, "Our NC Influencers weigh in on reader education question," 2 July 2018 Editor: This year, the citizens of Harford County have the opportunity to retain the two most qualified individuals (and the only jurists) running for election for Judge of the Circuit Court for Harford County. The Aegis, "Retain sitting Judges Ishak and Kreis, former Harford Bar president writes [Letter]," 20 June 2018 The report itself provides indisputable evidence that, when informed that Weiner’s laptop contained Clinton emails, Strzok immediately had the matter pursued by two of his most qualified and aggressive investigators. Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times, "Top Agent Said F.B.I. Would Stop Trump From Becoming President," 14 June 2018 In theaters June 8, Ocean's 8 documents the fictional heist of a lifetime, facilitated by eight qualified, and very well-dressed, thieves. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "The Stories Of New York's Glamorous Grifters Are The Perfect Ocean's 8 Pregame," 1 June 2018 Chang is easily qualified, but the move also helps NEA — one of venture capital’s biggest firms — remove a particular stigma: NEA has never before had a woman in the senior investing rank at the firm. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Venture capital firms are running to hire their first female general partners," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of qualified

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of qualified

: having the necessary skill, experience, or knowledge to do a particular job or activity : having the qualifications to do something

: not complete : limited in some way


qual·i·fied | \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd \

Legal Definition of qualified 

1 : fitted (as by training or experience) for a given purpose or condition

2a : being in compliance or accordance with specific requirements or conditions a qualified voter

b : eligible under applicable requirements for favorable tax treatment (as exemption of funds from taxation until retirement) a qualified pension plan

3 : limited or modified in some way : less than absolute

Other Words from qualified

qualifiedly \-ˌfī-əd-lē, -ˌfīd-lē \ adverb

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