From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Qualified \Qual"i*fied\, a.
   1. Fitted by accomplishments or endowments.
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   2. Modified; limited; as, a qualified statement.
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   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.
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   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
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Qualify \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.
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            He had qualified himself for municipal office by
            taking the oaths to the sovereigns in possession.
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   2. To give individual quality to; to modulate; to vary; to
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            It hath no larynx . . . to qualify the sound. --Sir
                                                  T. Browne.
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   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.
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   4. Hence, to soften; to abate; to diminish; to assuage; to
      reduce the strength of, as liquors.
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            I do not seek to quench your love's hot fire,
            But qualify the fire's extreme rage.  --Shak.
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   5. To soothe; to cure; -- said of persons. [Obs.]
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            In short space he has them qualified. --Spenser.
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   Syn: To fit; equip; prepare; adapt; capacitate; enable;
        modify; soften; restrict; restrain; temper.
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