[ uhn-kwol-uh-fahyd ]
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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.

  1. absolute; complete; out-and-out: an unqualified liar.

Origin of unqualified

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

synonym study For unqualified

2, 3. See absolute.

Other words for unqualified

Other words from unqualified

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

Words that may be confused with unqualified

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How to use unqualified in a sentence

  • Of all the outrageous things, of all the unqualifiedly and absolutely incredible things!

    The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
  • As a matter of fact, this second question must be answered unqualifiedly in the affirmative.

  • Hence, we should scarcely be justified in unqualifiedly calling peoples of nature 'peoples without a history.'

  • A decision not to act is a decision to act in a certain way; it is never a judgment not to act, unqualifiedly.

  • It is the most unqualifiedly optimistic strain from his pen with which I am acquainted.

British Dictionary definitions for unqualified


/ (ʌnˈkwɒlɪˌfaɪd) /

  1. lacking the necessary qualifications

  2. not restricted or modified: an unqualified criticism

  1. (usually prenominal) (intensifier): an unqualified success

Derived forms of unqualified

  • unqualifiable, adjective
  • unqualifiedly, adverb
  • unqualifiedness, noun

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