qualified

adjective
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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Other Words from qualified

qualifiedly \ ˈkwä-​lə-​ˌfī(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce qualifiedly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for qualified

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Recent polls show them ranked above qualified female candidates, all of whom won their elections, sometimes by historic margins. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "America Loves a Loser (As Long As He's White and Male)," 17 Apr. 2019 Rather than build up the tech community, Amazon was going where there already was a large pool of qualified potential workers. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Why Amazon’s New York U-Turn Is Good for America’s Tech Economy," 16 Feb. 2019 And lower salaries mean nonprofits can’t always attract the most qualified candidates for their roles. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "One of the most frequently used criteria for judging a charity is also one of the worst," 27 Nov. 2018 In the case of Summer and Vogtle, issues with contractors and finding qualified workers was a major hurdle. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "The last nuclear reactors under construction in the US are facing opposition," 20 Sep. 2018 Promoting a robust economy, President Donald Trump pressed U.S. companies and trade associations on Thursday to enhance their job training programs as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies. Fox News, "Trump promotes job training as employers search for workers," 19 July 2018 Companies are struggling to find qualified workers for jobs. kansascity, "Jean Paul Bradshaw," 30 June 2018 And in a bid to attract the nation’s military veterans to the program, Amazon is offering $10,000 reimbursements for qualified candidates to start their own businesses. Julie Creswell, New York Times, "Amazon Has a Business Proposition for You: Deliver Its Packages," 28 June 2018 Metro hopes graduates could address a critical need in Southern California: qualified workers. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Building L.A.'s rail system will create thousands of jobs. Can a transportation boarding school fill them?," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of qualified

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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qualified

adjective

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

qualified

adjective
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 qualifiedly (audio) \ adverb

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