unfit

1 of 2

adjective

un·​fit ˌən-ˈfit How to pronounce unfit (audio)
: not fit:
a
: not adapted to a purpose : unsuitable
b
: not qualified : incapable, incompetent
c
: physically or mentally unsound
unfitly adverb
unfitness noun

unfit

2 of 2

verb

unfitted or unfit; unfitting; unfits

transitive verb

: to make unfit : disable, disqualify

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
Harsh consequences The social media mob decided that Carano was unfit to be employed and digitally descended on Lucasfilm, and its corporate parent, Walt Disney Co., demanding it #FireGinaCarano. Robin Abcarian, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 David Crowe, accused of repeatedly stalking pop singer Taylor Swift, has been found mentally unfit to stand trial by a mental health professional and committed to psychiatric care, according to a spokesperson for Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg in a statement. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 12 Feb. 2024 Republicans quickly seized on that stinging characterization to attack the Democratic incumbent as unfit for office. Devlin Barrett, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 One suspect was found mentally unfit to stand trial. Bethlehem Feleke, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 In preliminary network exit polling, 85% of Haley’s voters said Trump, if convicted of a crime, is unfit to be president. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2024 As Davidson addresses in the special, she was deemed unfit to stand trial and placed in the custody of a psychiatric facility. Shania Russell, EW.com, 10 Jan. 2024 Nearly all of the challengers are united in their belief that Gascón is grossly unfit for office. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Among her critics in conservative circles and academia, the findings are clear evidence that Ms. Gay, as the top academic at the pinnacle of U.S. higher education, is unfit to serve. Collin Binkley and Moriah Balingit, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Jan. 2024
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, 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, 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, 10 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1545, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfit was in 1545

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Cite this Entry

“Unfit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfit. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

unfit

1 of 2 adjective
un·​fit ˌən-ˈfit How to pronounce unfit (audio)
1
: unsuitable
food that is unfit to eat
2
: not qualified : incapable, incompetent
removed unfit candidates by testing
3
: physically or mentally unhealthy
unfit for army service

unfit

2 of 2 verb
: to make unfit : disable, disqualify

Legal Definition

unfit

adjective
un·​fit ˌən-ˈfit How to pronounce unfit (audio)
1
: not suitable for a purpose
food unfit for consumption
2
a
: 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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