Definition of qualification in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌkwäləfəˈkāSH(ə)n/


1A quality or accomplishment that makes someone suitable for a particular job or activity: only one qualification required—a fabulous sense of humor
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈkwäləfəkəˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: qual·i·fi·ca·tion

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.