[ kwol-uh-fi-key-shuhn ]
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  1. a quality, accomplishment, etc., that fits a person for some function, office, or the like.

  2. a circumstance or condition required by law or custom for getting, having, or exercising a right, holding an office, or the like.

  1. the act of qualifying; state of being qualified.

  2. modification, limitation, or restriction: to endorse a plan without qualification.

  3. 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

Other words for qualification

Other words from qualification

  • non·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • o·ver·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • pre·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • re·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, noun

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How to use qualification in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for qualification


/ (ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /

  1. an official record of achievement awarded on the successful completion of a course of training or passing of an exam

  2. 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

  1. a condition that modifies or limits; restriction

  2. the act of qualifying or state of being qualified

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