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noun British English pronunciation: qualification /ˌkwɒlɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] British something such as a degree or a diploma that you get when you successfully finish a course of study

    Simon left school with no qualifications.

    The number of people obtaining basic craft qualifications has fallen.

    qualification in:

    courses leading to recognized qualifications in art and design

  2. 2
    [countable] an ability or quality that you need in order to do a particular job or activity
    qualification for:

    Reagan's command of television was a vital qualification for the presidency.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the action or process of qualifying for something
    qualification for:

    Our qualification for the World Cup finals hangs in the balance.

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] something that you add to a statement or rule to show that it is not true in some situations

    There is an important qualification to the Act: it does not apply to international contracts.

    without qualification (=in every way, or in every possible situation):

    I welcome the minister's announcement without qualification.

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