Definition of ill-equipped in English:



  • Not having the necessary resources or qualities for a particular role or task.

    ‘they feel ill-equipped to cope with emotional issues’
    • ‘What concerns counsellors and women's groups is that hairdressers may be ill-equipped to handle the issues they uncover.’
    • ‘Paraguay, one of South America's poorest countries, has a health service ill-equipped for disasters on this scale.’
    • ‘Their little mouths flail about searching for nourishment, and their mothers are often ill-equipped to help them.’
    • ‘When workmen eventually appeared at 11 am, Mr Jenkins says they were ill-equipped to clean the garden.’
    • ‘They are ill-equipped for the task and the reporting process is painfully slow.’
    • ‘You'll laugh at Beethoven's foibles and you'll find it hard to suppress a tear as his friends do all they can to shield him from the world he was ill-equipped to be part of.’
    • ‘When disaster happens in a surgery, the staff are ill-equipped in every way to deal with a situation where brain death is four minutes away.’
    • ‘The forest division is ill-equipped to tackle the plundering of forest resources or protect the rights of the tribals.’
    • ‘So-called Spanish allies pulled out and left the ill-equipped British to virtually go it alone in the harsh winter.’
    • ‘But he added that many of these riders were often ill-equipped, both in terms of experience and in protective clothing other than a crash helmet.’
    • ‘Babies bring with them financial and social responsibilities for which many new parents are ill-equipped.’
    • ‘It showed how ill-equipped the government was to deal with such an event as people in the story struggled to survive the chaos.’
    • ‘He is a man apparently without qualities or talent; a man like so many other men marooned in the past, ill-equipped and uneducated for change.’
    • ‘One reason may be that they don't understand them, and that many small businesses are ill-equipped to handle specialist areas of finance.’
    • ‘Too many bristles, and the skeleton isn't strong enough; too much exoskeleton and the fly is ill-equipped to sense its environment.’
    • ‘Those who do not have the benefit of having studied medicine at university are ill-equipped to diagnose themselves.’
    • ‘The early settlers were heroes for going out West, ill-equipped and unprepared.’
    • ‘Even members of the forum admitted to the Sunday Herald this week that they were woefully ill-equipped for the task.’
    • ‘These have long since disappeared, and the new generation of poorly educated Muslims is ill-equipped for the modern economy, the report says.’
    • ‘The discussion of this point must necessarily take place in rigorous scientific language, and I am ill-equipped for the task.’
    not ready, unready, off guard, off one's guard, surprised, taken aback, unsuspecting
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