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 unqualifiedly (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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For the record, the commissioner is also woefully unqualified on the football front. oregonlive.com, "Canzano: Pac-12 Conference media day needed one more football coach," 24 July 2019 The fact remains that despite the liberal leanings of many tech workers, social platforms have been an unqualified boon to the conservative movement — a fact that Republican lawmakers are curiously loath to admit. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House’s social media summit has an ulterior motive," 11 July 2019 Murkowski had said DeVos was unqualified for the position. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos talks school choice during Alaska visit," 27 Aug. 2019 The outrage erupted after Rosselló's former secretary of education and five other people were arrested on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors. CBS News, "Thousands call on Puerto Rico's governor to resign in massive protest," 17 July 2019 In 2018, the school system announced that principals could no longer assess teachers based on how many students pass their classes following reports that teachers felt pressure to pass unqualified students. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "With union backing, D.C. Council introduces proposed overhaul of controversial teacher evaluation system," 29 June 2019 In 1994-1995, finding that deal took a prolonged strike that turned off fans, emptied the October calendar, cost players shots at record-breaking seasons, and invited unqualified replacement players to work through spring training. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "MLB 1994 strike anniversary: Lessons from a disastrous work stoppage apply now," 11 Aug. 2019 On its face, licensing might seem like an extension of the background check model, since the idea is still to filter between qualified and unqualified people. German Lopez, Vox, "Here’s where every 2020 candidate stands on guns," 7 Aug. 2019 Democrats openly dismissed the Republican congressman as an unqualified partisan and Republicans offered only lukewarm and tentative expressions of support. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unqualified

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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involving a confidence or trust

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