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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Other Words from unqualified

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 didn’t argue that Obama’s choices were unqualified or too extreme. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mitch McConnell Committed a Judicial Heist and Blames Obama for His Crime," 31 May 2018 The indictments cast the defendants as unqualified to design a ride of Verruckt's nature and showed little concern to safety of riders and maintenance of the slide. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Schlitterbahn disputes audit, won't open rides until concerns are 'fully addressed'," 23 May 2018 Hammon is the least experienced of the three remaining interviewees in as a coach, but is by no means unqualified. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks ready for another set of interviews for coaching job," 10 May 2018 Criers were often labeled as weak, unprofessional, unqualified or even manipulative. NBC News, "Is it ever okay to cry at work?," 16 Apr. 2018 Her tweet Wednesday that taunted Hogg for failing to get into four colleges (he was accepted by three others) was one more way for Ingraham to signal that Hogg is overrated and unqualified to opine about public policy. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Laura Ingraham doesn’t really want to debate David Hogg," 30 Mar. 2018 Donald Trump, by the same token, was surely too erratic and offensive and vulgar and narcissistic and unqualified to get his party’s nomination, let alone run an effective campaign. Michael Ashcroft, Time, "Do Not Doubt Donald Trump. He Could Easily Be Reelected," 29 Mar. 2018 In what appears to be an attempt to dissuade unqualified drivers on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior announced that the police would be fining drivers caught without a license 900 riyals, or approximately $240. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "Saudi Women Can Drive, but Here’s the Real Roadblock," 22 June 2018 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

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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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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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