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  1. not qualified; not fit; lacking requisite qualifications: unqualified for the job.
  2. not modified, limited, or restricted in any way; without reservations: unqualified praise.
  3. absolute; complete; out-and-out: an unqualified liar.
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Origin of unqualified

First recorded in 1550–60; un-1 + qualified
Related formsun·qual·i·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·qual·i·fied·ly, adverbun·qual·i·fied·ness, noun
Can be confuseddisqualified unqualified


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2, 3. See absolute.
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  • That one example, moreover, has been a success as unqualified as undeniable.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • He could have wept over the realization of his unqualified impotency.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • While she spoke the young man gazed at her in unqualified amazement.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • Needless to say the experiment was not an unqualified success.

  • It is impossible to give them the proof and unqualified reassurance that they seek.

British Dictionary definitions for unqualified


  1. lacking the necessary qualifications
  2. not restricted or modifiedan unqualified criticism
  3. (usually prenominal) (intensifier)an unqualified success
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Derived Formsunqualifiable, adjectiveunqualifiedly, adverbunqualifiedness, 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.

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