- a person or thing that qualifies.
- a word that qualifies the meaning of another, as an adjective or adverb; modifier.
- an adverb that modifies adjectives or other adverbs and typically expresses degree or intensity, as very, somewhat, or quite.
Origin of qualifier
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Examples from the Web for qualifier
Emily added that she regrets using the qualifier of "absolutely" (which we should have caught on the editing end).The Tortuous History Of The Greta Berlin Tweet Controversy
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The council says its goal is ultimately that the qualifier “women” be dropped from its name.Global Women’s Group Makes a Move
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Some are identified as dictatorships of some sort, which almost none would accept as a qualifier.
By this qualifier we wish it understood that mind, like body, has its accidental or acquired qualities.
Literacy as such was registered rather late as a qualifier of the warrior.
- a person or thing that qualifies, esp a contestant in a competition who wins a preliminary heat or contest and so earns the right to take part in the next round
- a preliminary heat or contest
- grammar another word for modifier (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for qualifier
1560s, agent noun from qualify. Grammatical sense is from 1580s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper