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 qualifiedly (audio) \ adverb

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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 And some of those offers for qualified buyers may even go across their entire fleets, Brad Korner, general manager of Cox Automotive Rates & Incentives said. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Coronavirus live updates, May 6: Mich. law 'very clear,' Chatfield says of Whitmer suit," 6 May 2020 Officials at Michigan State said students are still taking classes taught by qualified faculty, and the school is still offering tutoring services, academic advising, faculty office hours, and library services. Collin Binkley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Does online learning work? College student lawsuits say no.," 4 May 2020 However, that policy decision rests on the assumption that the respective party leaders will make qualified appointments within their respective parties. Jake Curtis, National Review, "A Dubious Appointment to the Wisconsin Ethics Commission," 1 May 2020 We have been engaged with the company throughout the search process, which was a robust one, including a range of highly qualified outside candidates and overseen by independent directors. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "AT&T Names John Stankey as CEO, Randall Stephenson to Retire," 24 Apr. 2020 At least nine candidates qualified to run for sheriff, including incumbent Melody Maddox. Tyler Estep, ajc, "Democrats seek to challenge DeKalb’s lone Republican commissioner," 6 Mar. 2020 Whereas this very qualified female candidate doesn't. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "What To Expect From The Hillary Clinton Hulu Docuseries — & What You Won’t See," 5 Mar. 2020 Appointments are not necessary, and qualified candidates may be offered jobs on the spot, according to the release. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Want to work at the new Louisville City stadium or Fourth Street Live? Now's your chance," 4 Mar. 2020 That includes possible opportunities for qualified candidates to fill open positions at the Fulton facility, benefits continuation and severance pay. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Century-old Diamond Chain plant to close in downtown Indianapolis," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of qualified

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of qualified was in 1558

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12 May 2020

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“Qualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualified. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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 qualifiedly (audio) \ adverb

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