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

The injunction orders immigration agents to: -Stop separating parents and children without an objective finding that a parent is unfit. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Progressives' big night: Five takeaways from Tuesday's primaries," 27 June 2018 Uber is already battling to keep operating in London after the city’s transport regulator deemed it unfit to run a taxi service and refused to renew its license. Houston Chronicle, "Stepmother wants family taxi service to go out of business," 22 June 2018 However, investors fretted that regulators would deem Mr. Staley unfit to run a major bank—an outcome that would have prompted another managerial shuffle at a lender that has gone through four bosses in five years. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Barclays CEO Jes Staley Is Fined but Keeps Job After Whistleblower Probe," 20 Apr. 2018 Some have parents considered to be unfit or a danger, while other parents are in criminal custody. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration says detained parents must decide whether to keep families intact," 10 July 2018 After being deemed unfit to travel for a Zenit training camp last year, Dzyuba posted an obligatory gym photo on Instagram, with a caption that included nothing more than William Henley’s ‘Invictus’. Glorious insanity. SI.com, "Surprise World Cup Stars: Artem Dzyuba – The Russian Peter Crouch With an Infectious Smile," 9 July 2018 Uber executives and lawyers will appear in a London court on Monday to appeal a decision by regulators last September that the ride-hailing firm was unfit to operate in the British capital. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "Uber Goes to Court to Fight for Its Future in London," 22 June 2018 But children born to women who are deemed morally unfit are also taken away and reassigned to infertile couples approved by the state. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gilead in America," 20 June 2018 City housing inspectors declared the rowhouse at 900 N. Payson St. vacant and unfit for human habitation in November 2008. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 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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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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