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[uhn-fit] /ʌnˈfɪt/
not fit; not adapted or suited; unsuitable:
He was unfit for his office.
unqualified or incompetent.
not physically fit or in due condition.
Biology. pertaining to an organism or population that is not adapted to prevailing conditions or is not producing offspring in sufficient numbers to maintain its contribution to the gene pool of the next generation.
verb (used with object)
to render unfit or unsuitable; disqualify.
Origin of unfit
1535-45; un-1 + fit1
Related forms
unfitness, noun
1. inappropriate, unapt. 2. incapable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unfit
  • By these perfidies, he has verily shewn himself to be unfit to rule a free people.
  • There is no question the program was right to remove this unfit counselor.
  • The healthy-or those who aspire to be-can't really understand the unfit.
  • Maybe, she wonders, there's something about me that makes me unfit for any kind of job.
  • Moreover, their fear of social stigma to break and be out of an unfit marriage is fading away drastically.
  • He is, in theory an administrator of a budget that he screwed up in a public fashion and therefore unfit to administer his budget.
  • Natural selection eventually weeds out those unfit for the species.
  • Failing to go to college did not always mark people out as rejects, unfit for any kind of well-paid employment.
  • There are five-star hotels and hotels that are unfit for human habitation.
  • As bizarre as that sounds, modern strains are unfit for natural mating and must all be artificially inseminated.
British Dictionary definitions for unfit


(postpositive) often foll by for. unqualified, incapable, or incompetent: unfit for military service
(postpositive) often foll by for. unsuitable or inappropriate: the ground was unfit for football
in poor physical condition
Derived Forms
unfitness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfit

1540s, "not suitable" (in reference to things), from un- (1) "not" + past participle of fit (see fit (adj.)). Related: Unfitness. In reference to persons or human qualities, attested from 1550s. The verb meaning "to render unfit" is recorded from 1610s.

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