unfitting

unfit

[uhn-fit]
adjective
1.
not fit; not adapted or suited; unsuitable: He was unfit for his office.
2.
unqualified or incompetent.
3.
not physically fit or in due condition.
4.
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)
5.
to render unfit or unsuitable; disqualify.

Origin:
1535–45; un-1 + fit1

unfitness, noun


1. inappropriate, unapt. 2. incapable.
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fitting

[fit-ing]
adjective
1.
suitable or appropriate; proper or becoming.
noun
2.
the act of a person or thing that fits.
3.
an act or instance of trying on clothes that are being made or altered to determine proper fit.
4.
anything provided as equipment, parts, supply, etc.
5.
Usually, fittings. furniture, fixtures, etc., as of a building or apartment.

Origin:
1525–35; fit1 + -ing2, -ing1

fittingly, adverb
fittingness, noun
self-fitting, adjective
underfitting, noun
unfitting, adjective
unfittingly, adverb
well-fitting, adjective


1. fit, meet, right, decorous, seemly.
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fitting (ˈfɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  appropriate or proper; suitable
 
n
2.  an accessory or part: an electrical fitting
3.  (plural) furnishings or accessories in a building
4.  work carried out by a fitter
5.  the act of trying on clothes so that they can be adjusted to fit
6.  (Brit) size in clothes or shoes: a narrow fitting
 
'fittingly
 
adv
 
'fittingness
 
n

unfit (ʌnˈfɪt)
 
adj (often foll by for) (often foll by for)
1.  unqualified, incapable, or incompetent: unfit for military service
2.  unsuitable or inappropriate: the ground was unfit for football
3.  in poor physical condition
 
un'fitness
 
n

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unfit
1545, "not suitable" (in ref. to things), from un- (1) "not" + pp. of fit (see fit (adj.)). In ref. to persons or human qualities, attested from 1551. The verb meaning "to render unfit" is recorded from 1611.
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