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

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 The man accused of pushing a New York City woman to her death in front of an oncoming subway train in January was deemed unfit to stand trial at a court hearing Tuesday in accordance with findings from a psychiatric evaluation. Kendall Ross, ABC News, 20 Apr. 2022 Martial was charged with second-degree murder and was later deemed mentally unfit to stand trial. Fox News, 20 Apr. 2022 Her novels were published during the Regency, an 1811 to 1820 window in which George, Prince of Wales, ruled as regent in lieu of his father, whom Parliament had deemed mentally unfit to rule. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2022 The dizzying number of them help demonstrate that the former President was manifestly unfit to serve when in office. Elliot Williams, CNN, 8 Mar. 2022 Jessamine Chan's debut novel, The School for Good Mothers, is set in a near future where mothers deemed unfit are monitored and counseled by a government organization. The Week Staff, The Week, 31 Jan. 2022 Less than two weeks before Greco’s death, Charlie had been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial in a series of open criminal cases for a string of assaults that had occurred earlier that year. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2022 Scott had deemed the Irishman unfit and later called him an invalid. Sara Wheeler, WSJ, 11 Jan. 2022 Fretilin said that Ramos-Horta is unfit for president, accusing him of causing a crisis as prime minister in 2006, when dozens were killed as political rivalries turned into open conflict on the streets of Dili. Bloomberg.com, 27 Mar. 2022 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, 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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First Known Use of unfit


1545, in the meaning defined above


1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Unfit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfit. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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