SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of unfit
First recorded in
1535–45; un- 1
fit 1 Related forms un·fit·ness, noun adjective made so as to follow closely the contours of a form or shape: fitted clothes; fitted sheets. Origin of fitted
First recorded in
1730–40; fit 1
-ed 2 Related forms fit·ted·ness, noun un·fit·ted, adjective well-fit·ted, adjective Can be confused fit fitted (see usage note at fit) 1
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Related Words for unfitted inefficient
distasteful Examples from the Web for unfitted Historical Examples of unfitted
His fancy on the subject is a wild one, though not
unfitted for the poet.
Children who live away from home are
unfitted for domestic life.
For the law, diplomacy had
unfitted him; for diplomacy he already knew too much.
I shall show that the sordidness of the struggle has not
unfitted me to use the victory.
The eccentricities of John Randolph
unfitted him for leadership. British Dictionary definitions for unfitted adjective unsuitable unused to and unfitted for any form of manual labour adjective designed for excellent fit a fitted suit (of a carpet) cut, sewn, or otherwise adapted to cover a floor completely (of furniture) built to fit a particular space a fitted cupboard (of a room) equipped with fitted furniture a fitted kitchen (of sheets) having ends that are elasticated and shaped to fit tightly over a mattress having accessory parts adjective ( 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 unfitted 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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