un·​fit | \ ˌən-ˈfit How to pronounce unfit (audio) \

Definition of unfit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not fit:
a : not adapted to a purpose : unsuitable
b : not qualified : incapable, incompetent
c : physically or mentally unsound


unfitted or unfit; unfitting; unfits

Definition of unfit (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make unfit : disable, disqualify

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Other Words from unfit


unfitly adverb
unfitness noun

Examples of unfit in a Sentence

Adjective just because I don't have actual work experience doesn't mean I'm unfit for the job those flimsy shoes are unfit for the hike we're about to take
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective John Almond had recently again been found unfit by a juvenile court, the adults weren’t even pretending to participate in parental support services, and the caseworkers closest to the family were urging caution. BostonGlobe.com, "A 14-year-old boy is dead. We may never fully know why," 8 Apr. 2021 In many jurisdictions, being above a certain weight enables one to get the coronavirus vaccine sooner, creating a perverse incentive to remain unfit. Jack Butler, National Review, "We Must Escape the COVID-Obesity Trap," 4 Apr. 2021 A few days later baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided her contract and declared women unfit to play the game. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, "Breaking grass ceilings: Why more women are coaching men’s teams," 1 Apr. 2021 With Iowa backing Trump over Democratic nominees by wide margins in 2016 and 2020 — and with the Democratic electorate diversifying, some party activists have concluded the state is unfit to host the first votes in the quadrennial primary. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Iowa GOP 'definitely' holding 2024 caucus and expects contest to go first," 31 Mar. 2021 Zachary Freeto, 40, was found unfit for duty and left the department two weeks ago before he was arrested by his former colleagues Tuesday at Hartford police headquarters on one felony computer crime charge. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Former Hartford officer used police databases to access person details of dozens of other officers, records show," 31 Mar. 2021 The Pentagon said a site visit to Fort Lee in Virginia had found the installation unfit to meet current HHS needs. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "'Truly disturbing': DOD approves HHS request to house migrant children at military bases in Texas," 25 Mar. 2021 More than 4,200 were stuck in Border Patrol facilities unfit to house them, including 3,000 who had been held beyond a 72-hour legal limit. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "With 13,000 migrant children in custody, Biden grapples with first major border test of his presidency," 18 Mar. 2021 As a result, the money ended up back in a financial sector that was (and remains) unfit for the purpose of directing truly productive investment. Mariana Mazzucato, The New Republic, "Saving the Climate in a Triple Crisis," 15 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For comparison, here's the original: This fight scene has often been derided as boring, awkward, and unfitting a Star Wars franchise that would eventually have an evil cyborg who could wield four lightsabers simultaneously. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "This Reimagined Star Wars Fight Scene Is Amazing—but Mostly Makes Me Sad," 8 May 2019 There are certainly women in this world who are simply unfitted, emotionally or physically, to have children. Charles Mccabe, San Francisco Chronicle, "Motherhood???, Charles McCabe, 1975," 14 June 2018 The design would be printed to hide the juice stains, thick enough to go commando, and unfitted, to keep comfortable and cool in the Florida heat. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Fascinating Story of How Lilly Pulitzer Came to Be," 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of unfit


1545, in the meaning defined above


1611, in the meaning defined above

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10 Apr 2021

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“Unfit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfit. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfit

: not proper, suitable, or acceptable
: not having the necessary qualities, skills, mental health, etc., to do something
: not physically healthy : not in good physical condition


un·​fit | \ ˌən-ˈfit How to pronounce unfit (audio) \

Kids Definition of unfit

1 : not suitable The food was unfit to eat.
2 : not qualified He is unfit for this job.
3 : physically unhealthy


un·​fit | \ ˌən-ˈfit How to pronounce unfit (audio) \

Legal Definition of unfit

1 : not suitable for a purpose food unfit for consumption
2a : not having the qualities, skills, or mental or moral soundness necessary to provide proper care unfit parents
b : not competent unfit to stand trial
c : not capable or qualified an unfit employee a juror unfit to serve

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