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)

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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 Walsh on Trump Walsh initially supported Trump during his 2016 campaign, but has since distanced himself from the president and declared him unfit for office. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Joe Walsh: What to Know About the Latest Republican Running Against Trump in 2020," 26 Aug. 2019 Another defendant, Demetruis Ray Brown, accused of aggravated murder in the case, was declared unfit to proceed to proceed to trial by a judge in 2018. Maxine Bernstein, oregonlive.com, "Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2014 killing of Ervaeua Herring in Portland," 12 July 2019 Delta ordered Petitt to undergo a psychiatric evaluation that declared her unfit to fly. David Koenig, BostonGlobe.com, "Senate committee approves FAA nominee over Democrats objections," 10 July 2019 Delta ordered Petitt to undergo a psychiatric evaluation that declared her unfit to fly. Washington Post, "Senate committee approves FAA nominee over Dem objections," 10 July 2019 The tea party favorite argues that Trump is unfit for the White House. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Joe Walsh to Challenge Trump for President in 2020," 25 Aug. 2019 There are always people who regard themselves as true conservatives, while anyone who differs from them is unfit for the designation. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "May I See Your ID?," 22 July 2019 Because Montemarano was born deaf in his right ear, the Army medics classified him as 4F, or unfit for duty, and sent him back to school. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local veteran, 93, earns his high school diploma, 75 years later," 25 Aug. 2019 According to a Thursday afternoon post on Henry Gipson’s Facebook page, a court order has deemed Gipson unfit to attend concerts at the Bessemer juke joint. al, "Questions surround future of legendary juke joint Gip’s Place," 8 Aug. 2019 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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7 Oct 2019

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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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