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 Unbeaten and yet unqualified, Malathaat is the latest victim of the Derby’s discriminatory point system. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "The Kentucky Derby would be more fair, more fun and more definitive with fillies," 1 May 2021 As part of its broad inquiry, the panel is investigating whether the current president was directly involved in corruption in his previous role overseeing the A.N.C.’s deployment of often unqualified loyalists to key government positions. New York Times, "South African President Appears Before Corruption Investigators," 28 Apr. 2021 The Biden administration is also directing agencies to review their science advisory committees, which gained many unqualified or conflicted members over the last four years. Jacob Carter, Scientific American, "Biden Has Reversed Trump's War on Science in his First 100 Days," 27 Apr. 2021 Secondly, society’s obsession with obtaining wealth makes many feel insecure or unqualified to speak openly about their existing personal finances. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Meet Ebony Beckford, The Black Mom Who Created An Activity Box To Teach Kids About Financial Literacy," 12 Apr. 2021 Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat, said the Senate’s role is generally to defer to the governor on appointments, unless senators need to prevent someone wholly unqualified from being placed in a top position. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland Senate OK’s Gov. Hogan’s pick for health secretary," 2 Apr. 2021 Some Republican senators have argued Becerra, a former attorney with no medical experience, is unqualified to helm HHS, a $1.4 trillion agency with a broad portfolio, during the pandemic. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Senate confirms Xavier Becerra as first Latino Secretary of Health and Human Services," 19 Mar. 2021 This is hardly the first time a newsroom or publication has considered those with certain experiences, backgrounds, or ethnicities to be fundamentally unqualified to cover a story. Danielle Campoamor, refinery29.com, "Washington Post Reporter Reveals She Was Assaulted," 30 Mar. 2021 Again, the goal is to help people put together business plans and qualify for traditional loans, not to target loans at unqualified applicants, Rodriguez said. Dallas News, "New Chase ‘community center’ in Oak Cliff targets underserved Black, Latino communities," 24 Mar. 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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9 May 2021

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“Unqualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unqualified. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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