Definition of "qualifier" [qual•i•fi•er]

  • One that qualifies, especially one that has or fulfills all appropriate qualifications, as for a position, office, or task. (noun)
  • Grammar A word or phrase that qualifies, limits, or modifies the meaning of another word or phrase. (noun)
  • A person or thing that qualifies, esp a contestant in a competition who wins a preliminary heat or contest and so earns the right to take part in the next round (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A preliminary heat or contest (noun)

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Use "qualifier" in a sentence
  • "* Thanks, Jayack, for reminding me that a qualifier is needed."
  • "Also, the final, additional qualifier is suspicious, too -- "for political advantage.""
  • "The only qualifier is a 32hr work week, and it makes no distinction between the AVERAGE woman working 10hrs a week less than men, nor does it take into account such things as women taking time off for having children (averaged 5yrs out of career) nor does it take into account that the AVERAGE woman tends to retire at a younger than men."