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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Because Plaintiffs fail to allege that Defendants made any projections that were not so qualified, their claims fail. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Tesla’s new chairwoman is walking into SEC and DOJ probes," 9 Nov. 2018 Harris and Koenig agree that whoever gets the job will be highly-qualified and recommended by close family and friends. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Will Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Hire a Nanny When Their Baby Is Born?," 18 Oct. 2018 Cheryl said the few medals Robert was awarded years ago were lost in a move, the replacement process unearthed the bevy of honors Robert qualified for, however getting the medals took a while because of the Marine Corps’ verification process. Maya Moore, Courant Community, "Courtney Hosts Ceremony To Present Military Medals to Vietnam Veteran In Niantic," 6 July 2018 The team has not qualified for the postseason since 2011-12, and has won more than 30 games only once during that span. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Orlando-bound: Magic select former Texas star Mo Bamba sixth overall in NBA draft," 21 June 2018 The team has not qualified for the postseason since 2011-12, and has won more than 30 games only once during that span. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Magic select UT's Mo Bamba with No. 6 pick in NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 Morgan also maintained that some of those who gathered signatures for Gronik may not have been qualified to do so, including some who appear to be felons under state supervision. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: First-time legislative candidate touted on CNN may not make it on Wisconsin ballot," 4 June 2018 Henderson qualified with her third-place performance in the third heat (2:02.38), while Schoffield’s berth was a product of her time (2:05.18). Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Ostrander leads the way as Boise State qualifies a record number for nationals | Idaho Statesman," 26 May 2018 This week, HomeFundIt launched UpIt, a cash-back program that puts a percentage of your shopping bill with qualified retailers in an account that can later be used on a down payment for a house. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Need money for a down payment on a house? There’s an app for that.," 17 Dec. 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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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