having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., that fit a person for some function, office, or the like.
having the qualities, accomplishments, etc., required by law or custom for getting, having, or exercising a right, holding an office, or the like.
modified, limited, or restricted in some way: a qualified endorsement.

Origin of qualified

First recorded in 1550–60; qualify + -ed2
Related formsqual·i·fied·ly, adverbqual·i·fied·ness, nounqua·si-qual·i·fied, adjectiveun·der·qual·i·fied, adjectivewell-qual·i·fied, adjective

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Contemporary Examples of underqualified

  • Underqualified for the OverratedNewsweek October 19, 2009 On why President Obama did not deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Are we not at long last tired of turning the reins of government over to the underqualified offspring of former presidents?

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    December 14, 2008

British Dictionary definitions for underqualified



having the abilities, qualities, attributes, etc, necessary to perform a particular job or task
limited, modified, or restricted; not absolute
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