un·​qual·​i·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unqualified (audio) \

Definition of unqualified

1 : not fit : not having requisite qualifications
2 : not modified or restricted by reservations : complete an unqualified denial

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unqualifiedly \ ˌən-​ˈkwä-​lə-​ˌfī(-​ə)d-​lē How to pronounce unqualified (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unqualified in a Sentence

He is clearly unqualified for the job. It's a judgment that you are unqualified to make. You have my unqualified support.
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Recent Examples on the Web Throughout his campaign, Biden characterized DeVos as an enemy of public schools, unqualified to lead the Education Department. Collin Binkley, USA TODAY, "Reject Joe Biden policies and 'misguided calls' for free college, Betsy DeVos urges in farewell letter," 5 Jan. 2021 The report alleged that the auditor who discovered the missing money was unqualified. Scott Morris, ProPublica, "She Noticed $200 Million Missing, Then She Was Fired," 24 Dec. 2020 Its maiden trip was widely heralded, and its first few voyages were unqualified successes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy Theory That the Titanic Never Sank," 18 Dec. 2020 Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s partnership with pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and AstraZeneca, appears to have been an unqualified success. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "You Can Trust the Coronavirus Vaccines," 10 Dec. 2020 What the Pac-12 needs is a breath-of-fresh air candidate who would never hire a line of unqualified people and put them in charge of the conference’s most valuable assets. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 sinking in sea of management misfires," 5 Dec. 2020 The result is a show whose trappings and talent are too classy to be dismissed, but thanks to the familiar situations and unhurried pace, doesn't prove distinctive enough to earn an unqualified judgment. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Your Honor' stars Bryan Cranston as a judge forced to deal with a bad break," 4 Dec. 2020 At the onset of the pandemic, the orchestra was in an unqualified good place. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra sees reasons for hope, lingering concern in positive 2020 annual report," 2 Dec. 2020 News reports have shown that some inspectors were unqualified and record-keeping from some inspections was suspect. R. Stephanie Bruno, NOLA.com, "New list of New Orleans endangered sites includes old school, former church," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of unqualified

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unqualified was in 1556

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9 Jan 2021

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“Unqualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unqualified. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unqualified

: not having the skills, knowledge, or experience needed to do a particular job or activity
: complete or total


un·​qual·​i·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd How to pronounce unqualified (audio) \

Legal Definition of unqualified

: not qualified

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