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 An arts writer who despised film and music, or a sportswriter who loathed football and golf would register as odd if not unfit. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 Stars defenseman Stephen Johns missed Game 5 while unfit to play. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "After a season of questions, the Stars are providing all the right answers a win away from the conference finals," 1 Sep. 2020 Her license was taken under a state law that allows police to confiscate the licenses of drivers who are deemed unfit to drive. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Car crashes through South Windsor 7-Eleven, driver loses license, police say," 16 Oct. 2020 After right-wing influencers posted compilation videos of Mr. Biden stumbling over his words and appearing forgetful, the campaign surveyed voters to try to figure out whether the attempt to paint him as mentally unfit was resonating. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How Joe Biden’s Digital Team Tamed the MAGA Internet," 6 Dec. 2020 Separately, five citizens in Hamilton County filed in Probate Court to remove her from office for being unfit. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Jeff Pastor's first council meeting after being indicted on federal bribery charges is Thursday," 12 Nov. 2020 Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for New York in starting for Igor Shesterkin, who was listed as unfit to play. John Wawrow, Star Tribune, "Aho leads Hurricanes to 3-2 win over Rangers in NHL's return," 1 Aug. 2020 But neither suggested the other was unfit to lead the nation. Camille Caldera, USA TODAY, "Fact check: False claim that Biden and Harris said the other 'wasn't fit to run the country'," 27 June 2019 An arts writer who despised film and music, or a sportswriter who loathed football and golf would register as odd if not unfit. James Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Do Business Reporters Hate Business?," 30 Nov. 2020 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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16 Jan 2021

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“Unfit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfit. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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


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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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