qual·​i·​fied | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd How to pronounce qualified (audio) \

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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qualifiedly \ ˈkwä-​lə-​ˌfī(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce qualifiedly (audio) \ 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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Bids were received from five of the six pre-qualified contractors, with BM&K being the lowest at $4,899,000. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Lilburn approves financing for police/court building; construction bid," 19 May 2018 Consider: Highly qualified and motivated job candidates are ignored while companies focus on recruiting less enthusiastic ones. Peter Cappelli, WSJ, "The Biggest Mistakes Companies Make With Hiring," 21 Feb. 2019 Despite having qualified well, England were 16/1 outsiders prior to the draw. SI.com, "Timeline of Hope and Glory: How England's Odds of Winning the World Cup Have Changed in 6 Months," 11 July 2018 Among qualified major league hitters, Brinson’s .570 on-base plus slugging percentage is the third worst in baseball. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pair of Marlins land on disabled list as others eye Washington return," 4 July 2018 Houston officials have expressed concern that FEMA has not qualified enough storm victims for the short-term housing programs that exist partly to help people transition out of hotels. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "More than 300 days later, FEMA-funded hotel rooms end for Harvey victims," 1 July 2018 The primary ballot for Orange County voters will be packed with County Commission candidates — 18 qualified to run by the time qualifying ended Friday. Stephen Hudak, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Packed Orange ballot set for mayor, sheriff, County Commission, School Board seats," 22 June 2018 Escobar has especially struggled lately, with his .337 OPS in June ranking last among 188 qualified MLB hitters. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "How the Royals learned about the Kelvin Herrera trade before Monday's 6-3 loss," 18 June 2018 The group is directing funds from this auction qualified, prescreened after-school programs to youth and to low-income families. Detroit Free Press, "Rare Eminem Nike Air Jordan shoes up for auction," 15 June 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
formal : not complete : limited in some way


qual·​i·​fied | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd How to pronounce qualified (audio) \

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

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qualifiedly \ -​ˌfī-​əd-​lē, -​ˌfīd-​lē How to pronounce qualifiedly (audio) \ adverb

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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