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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Republicans believed Jackson to be unqualified, and Tester’s actions had the support of the Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Anatomy of a Trump rally: 76 percent of claims are false, misleading or lacking evidence," 10 July 2018 Too many dark moments in history prove that unqualified obedience has no place in a democracy or among Christians. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill authored a friend of the court brief signed by 15 other states urging the court to rule that Louisiana can declare Planned Parenthood unqualified to receive Medicaid reimbursements. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Supreme Court opening: Indiana's Amy Coney Barrett a favorite of grassroots conservatives," 8 July 2018 The finalists withdrew four days after the faculty at the Dorchester campus called the candidates unqualified for the job. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "In the mess at UMass Boston, it’s hard to know whom to blame more," 23 May 2018 Brewers fans would consider that selection an unqualified success. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Notes: Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson continues to draw praise for teaching skills," 3 June 2018 The state official who granted the state’s top preservation awards last week said the theater is an unqualified success. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Pride, history, tax dollars at stake in renovation of Pontiac theater," 6 May 2018 Confidence in Western intelligence services was never unqualified. The Economist, "The death of the archetypal Russian villain," 28 June 2018 For a show about dancing, Thorne was arguably unqualified. Fox News, "Bella Thorne secrets: 6 things you didn't know about the former Disney star," 28 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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