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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The number of migrants may be falling, but Europe remains deeply divided over how to handle migration and refugees, where to put them, how to send unqualified applicants back home and even over how to protect its borders. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Migration to Europe Is Slowing, but the Political Issue Is as Toxic as Ever," 22 June 2018 Christenson also complained that top city officials treated the 911 center like an afterthought, sometimes installing unqualified or disinterested police officials into leadership positions there. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "'A recipe for disaster:' Warnings about Cincinnati's 911 system before Kyle Plush's death," 12 Apr. 2018 This is not to say that those therapists are unqualified to do therapy, but rather that the therapy they practice is more likely to look like traditional talk models. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Cognitive Behavioral Therapy," 1 June 2018 Its maiden trip was widely heralded, and it first few voyages were unqualified successes. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Wild Conspiracy That the Titanic Never Sank," 27 Feb. 2019 The government could reimburse the cost of training an unqualified candidate who remained on the payroll for one, two or three years in the skill for which their training was covered. WSJ, "Is the Job Corps Successful Enough at Its Job?," 26 Apr. 2018 But Elharrar noted in her letter to Netanyahu that Dermer was unqualified to judge this. Aron Heller, Fox News, "Israeli lawmaker to PM: Dismiss US envoy over aide scandal," 16 Sep. 2018 Agency employees say that for decades, near-total control by the governor's office has led to the power authority being stuffed with unqualified, politically connected managers. Michael Weissenstein And Danica Coto, Fox News, "Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid," 19 July 2018 Who knew making a completely unqualified but mystifyingly confident family member one of the most powerful people in the country would be so complicated? Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Report: Kushner’s Meetings With Chinese Officials Raised Red Flags," 21 Jan. 2018

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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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