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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Most analysts attribute the agency's recent problems to the relatively low wages Russia pays in its aerospace industry and the difficulty this has engendered in attracting and retaining a qualified workforce, resulting in quality-control issues. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Russian space leader issues decree against trash, “sloppy” work attitudes," 7 Nov. 2018 The Wall Street Journal report suggests that the company is struggling to find qualified engineers in the area, though, as the unemployment rate in the state reached a record low at 3 percent, along with a recent national low at 3.7 percent. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Foxconn denies looking to transfer Chinese workers to incoming Wisconsin factory," 6 Nov. 2018 The good news is, everyone gets plenty of direction from qualified construction experts on a Habitat for Humanity worksite. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Is Why You Never See Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Apart," 29 Aug. 2018 Testing the most qualified women—meaning pilots, in the thinking of the time—was a natural next step. Kat Eschner, Outside Online, "One Small Step for a Woman, One Giant Leap for Mankind," 27 Apr. 2018 For qualified low-income persons, the In-Home Supportive Services section of the county’s Health & Human Services Agency is a good place to start looking. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How to get anything — from doughnuts to diapers — delivered," 27 Apr. 2018 Hawaii Republicans are bringing experienced staffers from the mainland to help professionalize campaigns amid a dearth of qualified candidates. Michelle R. Smith, The Seattle Times, "Even in high-interest election year, top races go unopposed," 25 Oct. 2018 The sense of duty that originally motivated me to reach out confidentially to The Washington Post and to Anna Eshoo's office when still a list of extremely qualified candidates and to Senator Feinstein was always there. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Christine Blasey Ford's Opening Statement at Brett Kavanaugh's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 Up to 30 qualified Quincy College students will be able to complete their nursing degrees at Mount Wachusetts Community College’s Devens campus, under a new agreement between the two institutions. John Laidler, BostonGlobe.com, "Quincy College students can complete nursing degrees at Devens," 11 July 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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