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 unqualified (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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Recent Examples on the Web And anyone that classifies him as overmatched or unqualified is badly mistaken. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 15 Dec. 2021 China recently banned all cryptocurrency transactions and mining, and South Korea shut down nearly 40 exchanges deemed unqualified in September. Zinnia Lee, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 This decision established that executive privilege is neither absolute nor unqualified. CNN, 29 Sep. 2021 Germain Ifedi, who has pretty much been an unqualified bust since the Seahawks drafted him in the first round five years ago, will man the right side. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2021 As was the case in 2003, when a deeply unpopular Davis was fighting for political life, dozens of unqualified clowns signed up to be candidates. Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 Fourteen of the unqualified doctors actually got licensed, though none practiced medicine in person or via telehealth before the oversight was discovered, state officials say. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2021 ProPublica also found that the Trump administration hired a lobbyist to counter the criticism that contracts were going to unqualified contractors. Bianca Fortis, ProPublica, 19 Oct. 2021 But many of the staff at its mental health facilities were unqualified, unlicensed, and lacked proper supervision, violating MassHealth regulations, according to the AG’s office. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Oct. 2021

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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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“Unqualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unqualified. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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