1. Fitted by accomplishments or endowments.
2. Modified; limited; as, a qualified statement.
Qualified fee Law, a base fee, or an estate which has a qualification annexed to it, the fee ceasing with the qualification, as a grant to A and his heirs, tenants of the manor of Dale.
Qualified indorsement Law, an indorsement which modifies the liability of the indorser that would result from the general principles of law, but does not affect the negotiability of the instrument. --Story.
Qualified negative Legislation, a limited veto power, by which the chief executive in a constitutional government may refuse assent to bills passed by the legislative body, which bills therefore fail to become laws unless upon a reconsideration the legislature again passes them by a certain majority specified in the constitution, when they become laws without the approval of the executive.
Qualified property Law, that which depends on temporary possession, as that in wild animals reclaimed, or as in the case of a bailment.
Syn: -- Competent; fit; adapted.
Usage: -- Qualified, Competent. Competent is most commonly used with respect to native endowments and general ability suited to the performance of a task or duty; qualified with respect to specific acquirements and training.
Qual·i·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Qualified p. pr. & vb. n. Qualifying ]
1. To make such as is required; to give added or requisite qualities to; to fit, as for a place, office, occupation, or character; to furnish with the knowledge, skill, or other accomplishment necessary for a purpose; to make capable, as of an employment or privilege; to supply with legal power or capacity.
He had qualified himself for municipal office by taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession. --Macaulay.
2. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to regulate.
It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound. --Sir T. Browne.
3. To reduce from a general, undefined, or comprehensive form, to particular or restricted form; to modify; to limit; to restrict; to restrain; as, to qualify a statement, claim, or proposition.
4. Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to reduce the strength of, as liquors.
I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
But qualify the fire's extreme rage. --Shak.
5. To soothe; to cure; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
In short space he has them qualified. --Spenser.
Syn: -- To fit; equip; prepare; adapt; capacitate; enable; modify; soften; restrict; restrain; temper.
v 1: prove capable or fit; meet requirements [syn: measure up]
2: pronounce fit or able; "She was qualified to run the
marathon"; "They nurses were qualified to administer the
injections" [ant: disqualify]
3: make more specific; "qualify these remarks" [syn: restrict]
4: make fit or prepared; "Your education qualifies you for this
job" [syn: dispose] [ant: disqualify]
5: specify as a condition or requirement in a contract or
agreement; make an express demand or provision in an
agreement; "The will stipulates that she can live in the
house for the rest of her life"; "The contract stipulates
the dates of the payments" [syn: stipulate, condition,
6: describe or portray the character or the qualities or
peculiarities of; "You can characterize his behavior as
that of an egotist"; "This poem can be characterized as a
lament for a dead lover" [syn: characterize, characterise]
7: add a modifier to a constituent [syn: modify]
adj 1: meeting the proper standards and requirements and training
for an office or position or task; "many qualified
applicants for the job" [ant: unqualified]
2: limited or restricted; not absolute; "gave only qualified
approval" [ant: unqualified]
3: holding appropriate documentation and officially on record
as qualified to perform a specified function or practice a
specified skill; "a registered pharmacist"; "a registered
hospital" [syn: certified]
4: restricted in meaning; (as e.g. `man' in `a tall man') [syn:
5: having elements or qualities mixed in proper or suitable
proportions; especially made less severe; "justice
moderated with mercy" [syn: moderated]
6: contingent on something else [syn: dependent, dependant]
7: legally qualified; "a competent witness"