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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 The Orange team, named The Flying Circuits, qualified for the FIRST World Championship robotics competition, which had been scheduled for April 29-May 2 in Detroit. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Orange High School robotics team wins regional event; World Championship canceled," 13 Mar. 2020 Officers were able to subdue the subject by using minimal amount of force necessary and upon further investigation, the subject qualified for a mental health diversion program. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 2 Mar. 2020 Pita Taufatofua, the Tongan athlete who received immense attention after going shirtless during the Parade of Nations in the past two Olympics, just qualified for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Pita Taufatofua, the 'Shirtless Tongan,' just qualified for his third Olympics," 29 Feb. 2020 In addition to qualifying in the all-around, the junior qualified for the state tournament in the balance beam and floor exercise. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati high school sports winter athletes of the week, Feb. 28," 28 Feb. 2020 Despite enduring all of those complications, John Paul II is one of three area TAPPS teams qualified for state. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "John Paul II hits the road again, this time to state," 27 Feb. 2020 Steyer missed the last debate in Las Vegas but qualified for the one in South Carolina where he's spent millions to keep his flagging campaign hopes alive. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "“But I beat him anyway": Warren continues onslaught against Bloomberg ahead of debate - updates," 25 Feb. 2020 On Tuesday morning, the DNC and CBS News announced that seven candidates qualified for the South Carolina debate. Caitlin Kelly, Wired, "How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina," 25 Feb. 2020 Winners from each sectional, plus those meeting time standards, qualified for the state meet next Friday and Saturday at the Natatorium at IUPUI. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel boys sizzle in swim sectional, aiming at state and national titles," 23 Feb. 2020

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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 30 Mar. 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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