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

Trump is unfit for office, and flagrantly so, in ways that are fairly obvious and have been obvious for years. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "There never were any “adults in the room”," 21 Dec. 2018 The primitive atmosphere of the earth was greatly richer in carbonic acid gas [carbon dioxide] than the present, and therefore unfit for the respiration of the warm-blooded animals. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "1968: Lunar Orbiter photos; 1868: The Atmosphere as Greenhouse," 1 May 2018 Some parents have serious criminal histories, including for child abuse, and may be deemed unfit. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Some children are returned to parents, but judge tells Trump officials to move faster," 10 July 2018 The Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea a month ago, killing all 189 people onboard, was unfit to fly on more than one occasion in the days leading up to its final flight, according to Indonesian safety regulators. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "If the Lion Air Jet Was "Unairworthy," Then Why Was It Allowed To Fly?," 29 Nov. 2018 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

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

Adjective

1545, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unfit was in 1545

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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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