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[ uhn-kwol-uh-fahyd ]


  1. not qualified; qualify; not fit; lacking requisite qualifications:

    unqualified for the job.

    Synonyms: incompetent, unfit

  2. not modified, limited, or restricted in any way; without reservations:

    unqualified praise.

    Synonyms: unmitigated

  3. absolute; complete; out-and-out:

    an unqualified liar.

    Synonyms: thorough, downright


/ ʌnˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪd /


  1. lacking the necessary qualifications
  2. not restricted or modified

    an unqualified criticism

  3. usually prenominal (intensifier)

    an unqualified success

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Derived Forms

  • unˈqualiˌfiedly, adverb
  • unˈqualiˌfiable, adjective
  • unˈqualiˌfiedness, noun

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Other Words From

  • un·quali·fia·ble adjective
  • un·quali·fiedly adverb
  • un·quali·fiedness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of unqualified1

First recorded in 1550–60; un- 1 + qualified

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Example Sentences

The elected majority within the board was accused of picking two unqualified candidates and not giving departing employees sufficient notice.

Overzealous activists, self-appointed detectives, unqualified writers, and politically motivated conspiracy theorists have converged under this banner.

If Memorial Day weekend is considered to be the unofficial start to summer, Sunday seemed unusually unqualified to introduce the coming season.

Montgomery Steppe pointed to continuous changes in leadership at the school and a stark achievement gap as reasons that the district seemed unqualified to give the school the resources it needs.

In the legal proceedings, Pan Am, the defendant, had to prove that men were unqualified for the job.

The Blacklist does have one unqualified success this season: its extraordinary work in overhauling Keen.

When Panetta became CIA director in 2009, he was demonstrably unqualified for the job.

“It was no brute whom Smiley was pursuing with such mastery, no unqualified fanatic after all, no automaton,” le Carré writes.

British journalist Liz Jones has an unqualified knack for raising media hackles on both sides of the Atlantic.

As president, he's been an unqualified proponent of experimental charters, which reject the job stability of traditional schools.

To do what unqualified rulers command, is one thing; to do that from a regard to their pretended authority may be another.

Professor Fortescue was unqualified in his condemnation of the sentiment which erected sacrificial altars in the family circle.

Its feasibility appeared to him unquestioned, and to it he gave a hearty and unqualified approval.

But when the progeny are designed for breeders, the practice should be branded with unqualified reprehension.

Assuredly it ought not, in such a case, as it appears to have done, lavish unqualified encomiums.