pedigree

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GRE

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Banks

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

the background of somebody or something

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The word ‘pedigree’ was initially applied to the genetic background of an animal and it is still used in that sense in a specific way. However, in general use, the term has been adapted to refer to the history of somebody or something, including their lineage, heritage, achievements, experience, etc. In other words, ‘pedigree’ is most commonly used in relation to credentials.

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Synonyms lineage,credentials,heritage
Antonyms irrelevant,inapplicable,immaterial

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  1. That school has a wonderful pedigree. That’s why I want to send my son there.

  2. Out of all the candidates, Jane has the best pedigree. Her qualifications are impeccable.

  3. Despite his teaching pedigree, Justin struggled to find work as he got older, with most positions going to younger educators.

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