unfit

[uhn-fit]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. unfilial,
  2. unfilled,
  3. unfiltered,
  4. unfindable,
  5. unfinished,
  6. unfitted,
  7. unfix,
  8. unflagging,
  9. unflappable,
  10. unflapped

Origin of unfit

First recorded in 1535–45; un-1 + fit1

Related formsun·fit·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unfit

unfit

adjective

(postpositive often foll by for) unqualified, incapable, or incompetentunfit for military service
(postpositive often foll by for) unsuitable or inappropriatethe ground was unfit for football
in poor physical condition
Derived Formsunfitness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unfit

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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