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

Nearby words

  1. unpunctual,
  2. unpunished,
  3. unputdownable,
  4. unq,
  5. unquachog,
  6. unquantifiable,
  7. unquenchable,
  8. unquestionable,
  9. unquestionably,
  10. unquestioned

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

Synonym study

2, 3. See absolute.

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British Dictionary definitions for unqualified



lacking the necessary qualifications
not restricted or modifiedan unqualified criticism
(usually prenominal) (intensifier)an unqualified success
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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