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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Honest Endorsements: Let’s be honest, your college roommate isn’t qualified to endorse you for your talents in leadership and social-media marketing. Johnathan Appel, The New Yorker, "New LinkedIn Features (to Make You Feel Bad About Your Career Decisions)," 15 Feb. 2020 Helen Agee, a senior headed to the Air Force Academy, is qualified in two events, the 50 and 100 freestyle. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, "2020 UIL swimming & diving state meet preview: Dallas ISD’s record contingent, teams to watch, individuals to know," 13 Feb. 2020 The report said Island Express was authorized to operate only under visual flight rules, even though the pilot was qualified to navigate using instruments in lower-visibility conditions. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "NTSB Highlights Poor Visibility in Kobe Bryant Crash," 8 Feb. 2020 It was piloted by Ara Zobayan of Huntington Beach, California, who was qualified to fly both visually and on instruments, Federal Aviation Administration records show. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Kobe Bryant's helicopter engine did not fail, federal investigators say in preliminary NTSB report," 7 Feb. 2020 Your physician or your health insurance company should be able to refer you to someone who is qualified. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Paralyzing fear keeping new driver from trying for a license," 4 Feb. 2020 Based on a CBS News analysis, only three candidates are currently qualified to participate: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Candidates make final pitches before Iowa caucuses," 31 Jan. 2020 Thirty-four states allow only physicians to prescribe it and ban other qualified medical professionals, like nurse practitioners, from prescribing it. Tracey Allyson Wilkinson, STAT, "Abortion advice should be as safe as abortion itself," 31 Jan. 2020 As Clear CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker told Traveler in 2018, the certification means Clear has been qualified as anti-terrorism technology. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Is Clear? Everything You Need to Know About the Expedited Airport Security Service," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of qualified

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of qualified was in 1558

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18 Feb 2020

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“Qualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualified. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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