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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Visas are awarded by random selection in select countries to qualified people to promote immigration from countries with low levels of immigration to the US. Kelly Mena, CNN, "State Department announces winners of Diversity Visa Program," 8 May 2021 However, state officials have noted that these doses represent only one of the supply streams flowing into California, as the federal government also directly allocates doses to other locations including qualified health centers and pharmacies. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, "Johnson & Johnson vaccine shipments to California resume as COVID cases keep falling," 29 Apr. 2021 But overall, the state has 59% more people qualified to get marijuana for treatment than this time last year. Aric Chokey, sun-sentinel.com, "After hitting record numbers during the pandemic’s peak, new medical marijuana patients are surging again in Florida," 24 Apr. 2021 On the other hand, the Court’s aggressive approach invites judges with no public health training to overturn the judgment of much more qualified people about the health risks caused by in-person religious services. Evan Gerstmann, Forbes, "Why The Supreme Court Struck Down California’s Limits On Private Worship (And Why It Is A Big Deal)," 10 Apr. 2021 From this perspective, opponents of affirmative-action programs argue that Asians face reverse discrimination from elite schools that hold back their acceptance rates, despite stellar test scores, to admit less qualified people of color. Washington Post, "A convergence of racial reckoning for Black and Asian Americans," 24 Mar. 2021 Whether there are enough qualified people in the area to meet the need, however, is unclear, Jones said. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Deadly accident raises questions - again - about city’s homeless," 21 Mar. 2021 Of the three candidates, two are extremely qualified people of color. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Andy Luger and the U.S. attorney general search, mental health, ethanol and boating," 19 Mar. 2021 WellMed, which operates vaccination sites at two senior centers, will reopen its phone hotline at 8 a.m. Friday to allow qualified people to make appointments. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "'Protect yourself' - San Antonio's COVID numbers trend positive, but mayor asks for vigilance," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of qualified

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Qualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualified. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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 qualified (audio) \ adverb

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