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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 Another problem was that even those who are qualified to report their unemployment status may not do so because the paperwork is a hassle, there’s social stigma attached to being out of work, and unemployment benefits are paltry. Mary Hui, Quartz, "“Suspiciously stable”: How China’s unemployment rate is calculated," 20 May 2020 Eddie Pope is more than qualified to judge world-class soccer talent. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "The same path as Hamm, Wambach or going pro straight out of HS: an emerging trend, and choice, two Dallas-area soccer prodigies face," 19 May 2020 As Batman notes, there were many people in California who were far more qualified to perform vaccinations than Pattie. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "Tall tales of a California pandemic: How one man did not vaccinate thousands of people," 15 May 2020 Some kids with learning differences, whether on the autism spectrum or with specific emotional or physical needs, may require a level of professional care that parents aren't qualified to give, even with professional consultation. Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "Disengaging from distance learning," 13 May 2020 The dismissal of the eminently qualified National Laboratory director Nyambura Moremi also sounds like a return to old tactics. Dan Paget, Quartz Africa, "The Covid-19 pandemic is casting Tanzania’s Magufuli in the worst light, in an election year," 13 May 2020 Some Republicans are confident that as voters shift their attention from coronavirus mitigation to jobs, the economy, and the question of who is the most qualified to lead a recovery, Trump’s past performance will carry him past Biden. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Democrats ruining the economy by fighting to keep lockdowns, Republicans say," 12 May 2020 Tamm said the restaurant industry is uniquely qualified to reopen. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "What business owners and experts say about how and when Indiana should reopen its economy," 29 Apr. 2020 That same day, health minister Terawan Agus Putranto issued a letter allowing qualified labs to do the tests. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, "'Open the doors for us.' Indonesian scientists say government snubs offers to help fight coronavirus," 18 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of qualified

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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26 May 2020

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“Qualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualified. Accessed 29 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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