1 skill/knowledge needed for a job, etc.
ADJ. formal, paper, recognized | basic, minimum | entry | further | appropriate, necessary | special, specialist | management, professional, vocational | academic, educational, postgraduate | technical | legal, medical, secretarial, teaching, etc.
VERB + QUALIFICATION acquire, gain, obtain | have, hold Only two of the applicants had the necessary qualifications.
QUALIFICATION + NOUN course, programme a qualification programme in business management | period The job usually has a three-year qualification period.
PREP. ~ for the minimum entry qualification for admission | ~ in He held no formal qualification in law.
2 weakening of a statement
VERB + QUALIFICATION add | need, require The term ‘population’ as used here requires qualification.
PREP. with ~s I agree with his view, with a few qualifications. | without ~ The committee supported her proposal, without qualification.