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  1. a person or thing that qualifies.
  2. Grammar.
    1. a word that qualifies the meaning of another, as an adjective or adverb; modifier.
    2. an adverb that modifies adjectives or other adverbs and typically expresses degree or intensity, as very, somewhat, or quite.
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Origin of qualifier

First recorded in 1555–65; qualify + -er1
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Related Words for qualifier

dependent, attribute, accessory, adjunct, modifier, identifier, qualifier, adnoun, limiter, additional, descriptive, attributive

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British Dictionary definitions for qualifier


  1. 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
  2. a preliminary heat or contest
  3. 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.

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