unfit

adjective
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

unfit

verb
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

Adjective

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

These latest outrages only magnify the point that has been obvious for years now: the president is unfit for office. Michael A. Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump’s latest betrayal strengthens the case for impeachment," 14 June 2019 Beyond that, those sentenced to death were often represented by lawyers who were unfit. Essence, "New ACLU Report Highlights Racial Bias For Incarcerated Individuals On Death Row," 19 June 2019 The animal, blind in one eye, was banned from being paraded at the festival after a veterinary team declared it unfit. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019 Such interbreeding by isolated animals in the wild is not uncommon, though biologists have usually dismissed it as irrelevant to evolution because the hybrids tend to be unfit. Quanta Magazine, "New Bird Species Arises From Hybrids, as Scientists Watch," 13 Dec. 2017 In a foundational scene of monotheism, Moses doffs his kicks to approach the burning bush; shoes are, by their pedestrian nature, unfit for holy ground. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 Under Venezuela’s constitution the president of the National Assembly can assume power temporarily if the president is deemed unfit. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Pompeo Presses U.N. Security Council on Venezuela," 26 Jan. 2019 Well, the same can be said for curve models who, up until the last couple of years, were deemed totally unfit for the runway. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "9 Size-Inclusive Lingerie Brands to Support Instead of Victoria's Secret," 14 Nov. 2018 Across the country last century, more than 60,000 people deemed unfit to reproduce were sterilized, many against their will or without their knowledge. Samantha Young, Washington Post, "California Lawmakers Seek Reparations For People Sterilized By The State," 25 Apr. 2018

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

Adjective

1545, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for unfit

unfit

adjective

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

unfit

adjective
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

unfit

adjective
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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