un·​qual·​i·​fied | \ ˌən-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd \

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 \ 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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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 Pence breaks another tie Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call The Senate voted to confirm Jonathan Kobes to a federal appeals court on Tuesday, the sixth nominee to be confirmed even though the American Bar Association had deemed him unqualified. Libby Nelson, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump is still remaking the judiciary," 12 Dec. 2018 Top Gun was an unqualified success, dramatically improving the air-to-air kill ratios of Navy pilots. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Is Taking 'Top Gun' to Sea with Submarines," 8 Nov. 2018 Kaplan agreed to a $1.3 million settlement in 2015 after it was accused of hiring unqualified instructors. Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "Little scrutiny in DeVry sale, as DeVos targets protections," 1 Oct. 2018 And beyond Rodriguez Aguilera, the editorial found the remaining candidates unprepared or unqualified. Fox News, "Florida candidate says alien abduction doesn't define her," 24 Aug. 2018 But he's proven to be just as capable a grifter any of his wealthy and unqualified peers. Luke Darby, GQ, "Scott Pruitt Is Blowing Millions of EPA Dollars on His Personal Security," 7 Apr. 2018 Ultimately, though, Zuckerberg is now surrounded by people who see Facebook just as Marcus does: as an unqualified force for good. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018 The New York Civil Liberties Union, which brought the suit, contends that Lloyd's reasons for holding the kids are often baseless and subjective, and that his lack of background in child welfare makes him unqualified to make such decisions. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: Meet the man in charge of the HHS agency overseeing migrant children," 22 June 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 \

Legal Definition of unqualified

: not qualified

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