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[kwol-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌkwɒl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
a quality, accomplishment, etc., that fits a person for some function, office, or the like.
a circumstance or condition required by law or custom for getting, having, or exercising a right, holding an office, or the like.
the act of qualifying; state of being qualified.
modification, limitation, or restriction:
to endorse a plan without qualification.
an instance of this:
He protected his argument with several qualifications.
Origin of qualification
1535-45; < Medieval Latin quālificātiōn- (stem of quālificātiō), equivalent to quālificāt(us) (past participle of quālificāre to qualify) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nonqualification, noun
overqualification, noun
prequalification, noun
requalification, noun
4. reservation, stipulation, condition. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for qualification
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  • But Mr. Darwin's pronominal "we," in this connection, admits of qualification.

    Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright
  • He has been brought up to the bar; and has every qualification but application.

  • The only qualification which she demands is the profession of patriotism.

    The Republic Plato
  • First of all, I said, consider the nature of the qualification.

    The Republic Plato
  • Mr. Gladstone talks of an Upper House, with a £20 qualification.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for qualification


an official record of achievement awarded on the successful completion of a course of training or passing of an exam
an ability, quality, or attribute, esp one that fits a person to perform a particular job or task: he has no qualifications to be a teacher
a condition that modifies or limits; restriction
the act of qualifying or state of being qualified
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Word Origin and History for qualification

1540s, "restriction, modification," from Middle French qualification and directly from Medieval Latin qualificationem (nominative qualificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of qualificare (see qualify). Meaning "accomplishment that qualifies someone to do something" is from 1660s; that of "necessary precondition" is from 1723. Related: Qualifications.

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