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Definition of "unfit" []

  • Not meant or adapted for a given purpose; inappropriate: a solvent that is unfit for use on wood surfaces. (adjective)
  • Below the required standard; unqualified: an unfit parent. (adjective)
  • Not in good physical or mental health. (adjective)
  • Biology Unable to survive or produce viable offspring in a particular environment. (adjective)
  • To cause to be unsuited or unqualified: "Having run for president . . . often unfits a man for lesser or more useful subsequent work” ( Garry Wills). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "unfit" in a sentence
  • "The buzz on Cee Lo has been deafening, even if his new song has a title unfit for a family newspaper."
  • "The winner, Daniel Barbiere, declined to take the free car - a teal, 1993 Saturn SL1, which he described as unfit for the road with 125,000 miles on the odometer, four bald tires, a cracked windshield and four shades of paint."
  • "e_SDLqIt didn't fool me, Mario Huguet, 75, a psychoanalyst who called Mrs Thatcher a word unfit for publication, said after seeing the premiere."