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

Other Words from qualified

qualifiedly \ ˈkwä-​lə-​ˌfī(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce qualified (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Stigma and lack of resources can also play a role, including lack of access to transportation or availability of qualified mental health professionals in the patient's community or neighborhood, Khubchandani added. Caroline Chirichella, Health.com, 21 Apr. 2022 The content on this website is not intended to provide tax, legal, or accounting advice, and you are advised to seek out qualified professionals that provide advice on these issues for your individual circumstances. Andrew Rosen, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The group was founded in 1983 to maintain and improve the quality of the judiciary by promoting the election of only the most highly qualified judicial candidates. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 18 Apr. 2022 For instance, advanced computer science (CS) courses, highly qualified teachers from diverse backgrounds at the same rates as their white and Asian peers are still stunted. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 8 Apr. 2022 Jackson is brilliant, classy, resolute and highly qualified. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 8 Apr. 2022 Judge Jackson is a historic nominee, rated as highly qualified even by her critics. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 It’s what emboldens a group of Republican senators to badger, interrupt and disrespect a highly qualified, Black woman judge nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2022 Highly qualified teachers do not need to reflect on racial standards. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of qualified

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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

Other Words from qualified

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

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