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Borrowed from Middle French qualification in the 1540s, which in turn derives from Medieval Latin quālificātiō. Surface analysis: qual(ify) +‎ -ification.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌkwɑlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


qualification (countable and uncountable, plural qualifications)

  1. The act or process of qualifying for a position, achievement etc. [from 16th c.]
    Qualification for this organization is extraordinarily difficult.
  2. An ability or attribute that aids someone's chances of qualifying for something; specifically, completed professional training. [from 17th c.]
    What are your qualifications for this job?
  3. (UK) A certificate, diploma, or degree awarded after successful completion of a course, training, or exam.
  4. A clause or condition which qualifies something; a modification, a limitation. [from 16th c.]
    I accept your offer, but with the following qualification.
  5. (obsolete) A quality or attribute. [17th-19th c.]
    • 1714, Bernard Mandeville, The Fable of the Bees:
      To shew, that these Qualfications, which we all pretend to be asham'd of, are the great support of a flourishing Society has been the subject of the foregoing Poem.

Derived terms

  • disqualification
  • qualification problem

Related terms

  • qualify
  • certification


See also

  • clarification



  • IPA(key): /ka.li.fi.ka.sjɔ̃/


qualification f (plural qualifications)

  1. qualification (all senses)

Related terms

  • qualifier

Further reading

  • “qualification” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

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