qual·i·fy /'kwä-lə-ˌfī/ vb -fied, -fy·ing
1: to limit or modify in some way
2: to make or consider eligible or fit
his training and experience qualified him as an expert witness
3: to issue a certificate or license to
1: to meet certain requirements or criteria
qualify for a tax credit
2: to acquire competent power or capacity
has just qualified as a lawyer

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (condition) verb alter, attemper, bound, circumscribere, confine, control, correct, extenuare, govern, introduce changes, introduce new conditions, keep within limits, limit, modify, narrow, regulate, restrict, revise, specify, temper associated concepts: qualified acceptance, qualified fee, qualified gift, qualified endorsement, qualified privilege II (meet standards) verb accredit, allow, aptum, authorize, certify, confer a right, empower, enable, endorse, entitle, give a permit, give a warrant, have the qualifications, have the requisites, license, make capable, make competent, make suitable, measure up, meet the demands, meet the specifications, permit, practice, prepare, sanction associated concepts: failure to qualify, qualify for appointment III index allay, allow (authorize), alter, delegate, discipline (train), empower, enable, enfranchise, extenuate, instill, instruct (teach), lessen, moderate (temper), modify (alter), modify (moderate), palliate (abate), pass (satisfy requirements), restrict, satisfy (fulfill), specialize, validate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) To be eligible for or entitled to something by meeting a required condition.
(2) To meet the criteria for becoming a member of a profession or to hold an office.
(3) To restrict the meaning of something; to add reservations to a statement.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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