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unfit

[uhn-fit]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to render unfit or unsuitable; disqualify.
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Origin of unfit

First recorded in 1535–45; un-1 + fit1
Related formsun·fit·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. inappropriate, unapt. 2. incapable.

fitting

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

First recorded in 1525–35; fit1 + -ing2, -ing1
Related formsfit·ting·ly, adverbfit·ting·ness, nounself-fit·ting, adjectiveun·der·fit·ting, nounun·fit·ting, adjectiveun·fit·ting·ly, adverbwell-fit·ting, adjective

Synonyms

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1. fit, meet, right, decorous, seemly.
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Examples from the Web for unfitting

Historical Examples

  • Nor were the group assembled there, unfitting tenants of the spot.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • No, these were no common walls, yet unfitting to gaze on while you told a client you loved her.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • It is said that she is unfitting herself to be a wife and mother.

  • Obviously, then, the threatened place was unfitting for the Countess of Fleetwood.

  • It was a savage way of putting it, which was not unfitting the scene.


British Dictionary definitions for unfitting

fitting

adjective
  1. appropriate or proper; suitable
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noun
  1. an accessory or partan electrical fitting
  2. (plural) furnishings or accessories in a building
  3. work carried out by a fitter
  4. the act of trying on clothes so that they can be adjusted to fit
  5. British size in clothes or shoesa narrow fitting
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Derived Formsfittingly, adverbfittingness, noun

unfit

adjective
  1. (postpositive often foll by for) unqualified, incapable, or incompetentunfit for military service
  2. (postpositive often foll by for) unsuitable or inappropriatethe ground was unfit for football
  3. in poor physical condition
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Derived Formsunfitness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unfitting

unfit

adj.

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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fitting

1530s (adj.); c.1600 (n.), from present participle of fit (v.).

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