Definition of qualification in English:

qualification

Syllabification: qual·i·fi·ca·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkwäləfəˈkāSHən
 
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noun

  • 1A quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity: only one qualification required—a fabulous sense of humor
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    • What are the basic qualifications and aptitude required?
    • The three C's that credit creditors look at when determining their qualification are capacity, character, and collateral.
    • There is no one of sufficient stature, no impartial media, and no intellectuals with adequate qualifications and credibility to arbitrate.
  • 1.1The action or fact of becoming qualified as a practitioner of a particular profession or activity: an opportunity for student teachers to share experiences before qualification
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    • They say nurses working in Nunavik, James Bay, Lower North Shore and remote First Nations communities need recognition of past experience when they seek qualification as a nurse practitioner.
    • The trainee primary and secondary school teachers claim they were lured into the profession with false promises that their age and experience would be recognised on qualification.
    • The fact that it is possible for a doctor to continue to practice for decades after qualification without ever opening a book or taking any other steps to keep up to date has long seemed indefensible.
    Synonyms
    certificate, diploma, degree, license, document, warrant; eligibility, acceptability, adequacy; proficiency, skill, ability, capability, aptitude
  • 1.2A condition that must be fulfilled before a right can be acquired; an official requirement: the five-year residency qualification for presidential candidates
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    • When an original assured tenant dies members of his family who fulfil certain qualifications have rights of succession.
    • The conditions attached and qualifications stipulated by the companies could kill you before any disease.
    • A duly constituted body of faculty peers should determine tenure qualifications and requirements for each type of appointment.
  • 2The action or fact of qualifying or being eligible for something: they need to beat Poland to ensure qualification for the World Cup finals
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    • A draw will now be enough for England in their match against Croatia to ensure qualification for the quarter finals, despite the fact that three teams in group B could still finish on four points.
    • Their performance ensured automatic qualification, along with the giant ‘squad’ teams from City of Salford and City of Liverpool, for the National Finals.
    • The Sarsfields are unbeaten to date and a victory against the Mitchels will ensure their qualification for the play-offs and they will be hoping to be at full strength for this encounter.
  • 3A statement or assertion that makes another less absolute: this important qualification needs to be remembered when interpreting the results I could recommend them to everyone without qualification
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    • Its 50 pages are filled with so many assertions, half-truths and qualifications as to render it worthless.
    • The only qualification to this statement is in reference to rooting of the ingroup relative to outgroup taxa.
    • Doubtless people will disagree, but I think the former is a much stronger statement without the qualification.
    Synonyms
    modification, limitation, reservation, stipulation; alteration, amendment, revision, moderation, mitigation; condition, proviso, caveat
  • 4 Grammar The attribution of a quality to a word, especially a noun.
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    • The first element in the phrase is an adverb, an adverbial qualification or an object (direct or indirect).
    • In English, the definite article, the demonstrative and the qualification adjective are neutral as to gender variation.
    • I now believe that de la Grasserie's semantic characterization is more accurate in this respect: a nominal construct with a personal possessive pronoun brings into the picture a further qualification of the noun phrase than does the noun phrase with just a definite article.

Derivatives

qualificatory

Pronunciation: /ˈkwäləfikəˌtôrē/
adjective
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  • What's that qualificatory ‘nearly’ doing there, one wonders.
  • Based on Chemical and Mineral Characters, with a Systematic Nomenclature addition to these it will be necessary to employ qualificatory terms to express the variable characters of mineral composition and texture.
  • The second sentence of the above quotation carries the following qualificatory footnote: "Although I confess from the outset to being seduced at times by the simple idea that a world of, say, many Swedens, would be infinitely preferable to the world we have now", which gives a flavour of this humane essay.

Origin

mid 16th century: from medieval Latin qualificatio(n-), from the verb qualificare (see qualify).

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