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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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Historical Examples

  • I answer unhesitatingly and unqualifiedly An unmitigated Curse!

    The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul

    Jirah D. Buck

  • Considered as such, the conversation which followed was not unqualifiedly a success.

  • What he says about my father is utterly and unqualifiedly false.

  • Of no other American statesman can they be so unqualifiedly affirmed.

    Charles Sumner Centenary

    Archibald H. Grimke

  • The verdict of the community was unhesitatingly, unqualifiedly, against Wilhelm.

    Between Whiles

    Helen Hunt Jackson

British Dictionary definitions for unqualifiedly


  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 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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