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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At the end of the day Mexico’s finance minister, Carlos Urzúa, resigned after claiming that the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had made his job impossible and had forced his ministry to hire unqualified people. The Economist, "Politics this week," 13 July 2019 That commission deemed Symons unqualified for the bench in spring 2006. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz attorneys confirm Superior Court judge’s misconduct," 24 June 2019 Each of those dictators still had the self-respect to not bring their unqualified adult children to international summits. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Kids Aren’t Alright," 3 July 2019 Off went the 22-year-old, unqualified as of yet for the American PGA Tour, armed with a few tournament exemptions his agent secured, organized in mind if not necessarily elsewhere. Chuck Culpepper, courant.com, "Brooks Koepka never got lost on his long winding road to the top of the golf world," 10 June 2019 Conservative, anti-government, Dori Monson types always decry Democrat supporters’ handouts but get silent about unqualified loyalists dipping into the pool of money. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘Just the thought of it made my heart speed up a little’: The best comments this week on seattletimes.com," 31 May 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce unqualified (audio) \

Legal Definition of unqualified

: not qualified

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