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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.

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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  1. lacking the necessary qualifications
  2. not restricted or modifiedan unqualified criticism
  3. (usually prenominal) (intensifier)an unqualified success
Derived Formsunqualifiable, adjectiveunqualifiedly, adverbunqualifiedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unqualifiedly



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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