Syn. Competent; fit; adapted. 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*fied`ly), adv. In the way of qualification; with modification or qualification.
(Qual"i*fied`ness), n. The state of being qualified.
(Qual"i*fi`er) n. One who, or that which, qualifies; that which modifies, reduces, tempers or
(Qual"i*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Qualified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Qualifying ] [F. qualifier, LL. qualificare,
fr. L. qualis how constituted, as + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Quality, and -Fy.]
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,Shak.
But qualify the fire's extreme rage.
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.
(Qual"i*fy), v. i.
1. To be or become qualified; to be fit, as for an office or employment.
2. To obtain legal power or capacity by taking the oath, or complying with the forms required, on assuming
(Qual"i*ta*tive) a. [Cf. LL. gualitativus, F. qualitatif.] Relating to quality; having the character
of quality. Qual"i*ta*tive*ly, adv.