un·​fit | \ˌən-ˈfit \

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


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

In general, some 3% to 5% of snacks produced in a factory might be unfit for sale due to production issues, Mr. Dahlenburg estimates. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Your Snack’s Crunch Is Cloud-Verified," 24 Nov. 2018 The move came on the same day that Justice Minister Tudorel Toader nominated a candidate to be the country’s next chief anti-corruption prosecutor who a Romanian judicial body said was unfit for the job. Alison Mutler, The Seattle Times, "Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism," 15 Oct. 2018 His actions during the hearing prompted former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens to say on Thursday that Kavanaugh was unfit for the high court. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," 6 Oct. 2018 The explosive report also noted that Rosenstein discussed using the 25th Amendment with Cabinet members to remove Trump on the basis of being unfit for duty. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Schumer rallies behind Rosenstein, warns Trump not to fire him," 22 Sep. 2018 Interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, the original opponnet for Nurmagomedov, was deemed medically unfit to fight, as was his replacement on the card, featherweight champion Max Holloway. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee native Rose Namajunas retains strawweight title at UFC 223," 7 Apr. 2018 During Sunday's Madam Secretary, the drama addressed a debate that has been playing out in the media for months: Does the 25th Amendment allow a president to be removed from office if his cabinet deems him mentally unfit? Chris Eggertsen, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside 'Madam Secretary's' Trump-Like Impeachment Episode," 15 Jan. 2018 The root cause of this crisis is that the Republican Party has chosen to back an unfit and dangerous president for crass political reasons. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "In defense of the New York Times’s anonymous Trump official," 6 Sep. 2018 As rumors swirl that the president is mentally unfit to hold office and has early-stage dementia, President Donald Trump is set to undergo his first physical examination since taking office. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "President Trump Says He'll Be 'Very Surprised' If His Physical Exam Doesn't Go Well," 11 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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The first known use of unfit was in 1545

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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 \

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 \

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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to make faulty or ineffective

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