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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Examples from the Web for well-qualified

Contemporary Examples of well-qualified

  • The course is taught by the well-qualified creationist biologist Dr. David A. Dewitt.

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    How Liberty University Creates Creationists

    Karl W. Giberson

    March 2, 2014

  • Yes, I wanted to see a well-qualified, passionate, visionary black man become president in my lifetime.

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    Black. Female. Undecided.

    Sophia A. Nelson

    November 6, 2012

  • Still, he benefits from this presumption, even among most people who aren't voting for him, that he's well-qualified.

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    Mr. Inexperienced

    Michael Tomasky

    August 9, 2012

Historical Examples of well-qualified

British Dictionary definitions for well-qualified


adjective (well qualified when postpositive)

having good or excellent qualifications



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