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[uhn-kwol-uh-fahyd] /ʌnˈkwɒl əˌfaɪd/
not qualified; not fit; lacking requisite qualifications:
unqualified for the job.
not modified, limited, or restricted in any way; without reservations:
unqualified praise.
absolute; complete; out-and-out:
an unqualified liar.
Origin of unqualified
1550-60; un-1 + qualified
Related forms
unqualifiable, adjective
unqualifiedly, adverb
unqualifiedness, noun
Can be confused
disqualified, unqualified.
1. unfit, incompetent. 2. unmitigated. 3. downright, thorough. 2, 3. See absolute. Unabridged
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  • It isn't here to publish peer reviewed scientific papers or provide the general public with unqualified facts.
  • We have had any number of unqualified people elected to president.
  • Abandonment of standards and change for change's sake are hardly unqualified goods.
  • If it was not intentional, but actual error, then those handling the data are unqualified for the work they are in.
  • At this stage, your whole comment amounts to unqualified elephant hurling.
  • Even in the face of a global economic meltdown, wireless technology has been an unqualified success.
  • The fact that many readers may have blanched at my unqualified appraisal above is central to understanding his predicament.
  • One of the themes that emerged in our conversation was the playboy's capacity to savor life's pleasures in an unqualified way.
  • There was a nicely weird exchange between him and a possibly unqualified doctor.
  • Doing it any other way would be the equivalent of socially promoting unqualified individuals.
British Dictionary definitions for unqualified


lacking the necessary qualifications
not restricted or modified: an unqualified criticism
(usually prenominal) (intensifier): an unqualified success
Derived Forms
unqualifiable, adjective
unqualifiedly, adverb
unqualifiedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unqualified

1550s, "not having necessary qualifications, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of qualify. Meaning "not modified or limited" is recorded from 1796.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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