qualification

[kwol-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
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noun
  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.
  3. the act of qualifying; state of being qualified.
  4. modification, limitation, or restriction: to endorse a plan without qualification.
  5. 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 formsnon·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, nouno·ver·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, nounre·qual·i·fi·ca·tion, noun

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Contemporary Examples of qualification

Historical Examples of qualification

  • But Mr. Darwin's pronominal "we," in this connection, admits of qualification.

  • 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.

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for qualification

qualification

noun
  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 taskhe has no qualifications to be a teacher
  3. a condition that modifies or limits; restriction
  4. the act of qualifying or state of being qualified
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Word Origin and History for qualification
n.

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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