1. The act of qualifying or the condition of being qualified: Qualification for the tournament will be hard.
2. A quality, ability, or accomplishment that makes a person suitable for a particular position or task.
3. A condition or circumstance that must be met or complied with: fulfilled the qualifications for registering to vote.
4. A restriction or modification: a statement hedged with several qualifications.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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