Definition of unfit in English:



  • 1(of a thing) not of the necessary quality or standard to meet a particular purpose.

    ‘the land is unfit for food crops’
    • ‘As a doctor, I am often asked why people buy computer hardware that turns out to be totally unfit for the purpose for which it was obtained.’
    • ‘Until I was 11 years old we lived next door to the surgery, which was purpose built although rather unfit for its function.’
    • ‘This is why he can eat food that others often deem is unfit for human consumption, and still find it delicious.’
    • ‘In a report, officers said many of the council's buildings were ‘of a poor standard, unattractive to young people, and some are unfit for purpose’.’
    • ‘I could see nothing in the state of the club that would have allowed him to declare it unfit for play under the current rules.’
    • ‘In August, the landlord removed the entire stairwell, prompting City of Montreal building inspectors to declare her apartment unfit for habitation.’
    • ‘Farmers had been using underground water to irrigate cotton and paddy crops even though underground water was unfit for agricultural use due to high fluoride contents.’
    • ‘Glasgow City Council's secure unit in Ayrshire is ageing and unfit for its purpose.’
    • ‘There's no question that Scottish children are eating meat that is unfit for human consumption and potentially dangerous.’
    • ‘They advised the farmers to use canal water as the underground water was unfit for agriculture purpose.’
    • ‘Instead, the official said, the marines had apparently broken UN seals of containers of low-grade uranium that the Iraqis had been allowed to keep because it was unfit for weapons use.’
    • ‘It means the cockle quality has never been tested so the molluscs are deemed unfit for human consumption.’
    • ‘The same runoff going into the river, diluted with 73 percent less water, would have seriously deteriorated water quality until it was unfit for human contact.’
    • ‘An estimated 60,000 children in Yorkshire and Humberside are living in homes classified as being unfit for human habitation, a leading housing charity has warned.’
    • ‘In fact, by international standards, it is unfit for human consumption because of its high acidity.’
    • ‘‘It is unfit for human habitation and is being boarded up on the grounds of public health,’ said the 35-year-old.’
    • ‘Option three would mean the staining of low risk red meat by-products on the grounds that they too were unfit for human consumption and could be fraudulently diverted into the human food chain.’
    • ‘The container was unfit for its intended purpose, having no internal door handle or other means of escape and no external light or other means of drawing attention to the emergency.’
    • ‘The complainant explained that the sheep had recently been wormed and vaccinated so the meat is unfit for human consumption.’
    • ‘We all know that lakes Rotorua and Taupo are seriously degenerating, with algal blooms in some places and water quality that is unfit for human contact.’
    unsuitable for, unsuited to, inappropriate to, ill-suited to, ill-adapted to, unequipped for, inadequate for, unprepared for, unfitted for, not designed for, ineligible for, unworthy of
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) not having the requisite qualities or skills to undertake something competently.
      ‘she is unfit to have care and control of her children’
      • ‘He is unfit for the office he holds and should be called on the mat before Congress for this outrage.’
      • ‘Homeless people are usually unfit for any type of labor that doesn't require drunkenly swaying from side to side and ranting incoherently.’
      • ‘This conduct was outrageous and confirms he is demonstrably unfit for office.’
      • ‘It is because we can see how they run their own party and how they respond to such crises, that we can see that they are unfit for office.’
      • ‘Jenny Macklin, yesterday demonstrated that - like her hospitalised leader - she is unfit for high office.’
      • ‘There are some people that think they are unfit for the kingdom of God.’
      • ‘Shuttleworth had claimed benefit saying she was unfit for work, but had been working when she made her claim.’
      • ‘Kenneth Grant, prosecuting, said Peterson had been claiming income support and housing and council tax benefits after declaring she was unfit for work.’
      • ‘While the batters exhibited marked improvements in temperament, they are still unfit for the long haul.’
      • ‘The quantity and quality of the food intake make them totally unfit for studies or sports.’
      • ‘He just lost a job he was unfit for in the first place.’
      • ‘If that's what Costa wants, he's unfit for office.’
      • ‘Little extra comment is required beyond observing that anyone who believes that the simple election of a Labour government in itself transforms a country are themselves clearly unfit for office.’
      • ‘The 51-year-old has been told by a West Yorkshire police medical officer that he is unfit for front line duties.’
      • ‘The Pentagon today acknowledged that nearly all Iraqi military and police units are simply unfit for battle against insurgents without U.S. help.’
      • ‘They accepted the findings of a psychiatrist that she was unfit for work, and would be for some time to come.’
      • ‘If they are over the drink-drive limit they are unfit for duty.’
      • ‘The former clerk of a small town council who was paid more than a Cabinet Minister was ordered to repay £195,000 yesterday after a judge told him he was unfit for public office.’
      • ‘The manner of Hollingworth's departure offers resounding evidence that he was unfit for the position.’
      • ‘It's likely that in the European Parliament, the U.S. president would be considered unfit for his job on account of his religious beliefs.’
      unsuitable for, unsuited to, inappropriate to, ill-suited to, ill-adapted to, unequipped for, inadequate for, unprepared for, unfitted for, not designed for, ineligible for, unworthy of
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  • 2(of a person) not in good physical condition, typically as a result of failure to take regular exercise.

    ‘the increase in the number of unfit and overweight children is alarming’
    • ‘I really think I need to do some exercise, at the moment I'm seriously unfit.’
    • ‘Physically unfit women at unhealthy weights have higher chronic disease risk.’
    • ‘There has been for some time, a general consensus that ‘large’ people are unfit, unhealthy, fat and slobby because they eat too much.’
    • ‘It's not usually dangerous, but it can be if someone is unfit and has an existing condition or already has a bowel condition.’
    • ‘Jocks respect physical prowess and look down on unfit people for being weak and lazy.’
    • ‘This is a result of an unhealthy lifestyle, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, smoking and being physically unfit.’
    • ‘Diabetes can run in families but can also be developed, particularly by the elderly, and people who are overweight and unfit.’
    • ‘There are three common reasons for a player being weary: the player is sick, didn't sleep or is physically unfit.’
    • ‘Alabama is one of the leaders in numbers of overweight and unfit people.’
    • ‘The lower ranges are for unfit or frail persons who are just beginning an exercise program.’
    • ‘And when we're at home, according to Colm, we're overweight, unfit, drink too much and the weather is lousy.’
    • ‘And there was me, overweight, unfit, in my old clothes.’
    • ‘While physically unfit people can bowl high scores, they're not the ones who master the game and last.’
    • ‘Seven backpackers briefly detained along with the eight taken by the rebels said they were allowed to go because they were physically unfit or lacked sturdy walking shoes.’
    • ‘The federal government is concerned with an epidemic of overweight, unfit Canadians.’
    • ‘This is why a fit person can do more exercise without getting breathless than an unfit person can.’
    • ‘As to the form of exercise, it is clearly undesirable for an unfit person to leap straight into short-term, high-intensity activity.’
    • ‘He's a Chilean hero, cruelly held here for more than a year, in squalor, against his will, while mentally weak and physically unfit.’
    • ‘I've reversed my deterioration into becoming a mid-30s bloater, and am now merely slightly overweight and unfit.’
    • ‘But I don't think there is a great need for gnashing and wailing of teeth over people like me who are slightly overweight, slightly unfit.’
    unhealthy, out of condition, out of shape, in poor condition, in poor shape, flabby, debilitated, weak, infirm, decrepit
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[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Make (something or someone) unsuitable; disqualify.

    ‘they say that we are trying to give poor children tastes which will only unfit them for a life of hardship and toil’
    • ‘But though, like Holmes, Hamlet is cleverer than everyone around him, his emotionalism and his fondness for poetic flights would unfit him as a private detective.’
    • ‘Educated young people who had failed to get into university were unfitted by their education and aspirations to enter industry.’
    • ‘He later noted in diary entries written during the draft riots that ‘Wool was unfitted by age for such duties though patriotic and well-disposed.’’
    • ‘And that, Frankfurt says, is what makes it so dangerous: it unfits a person for telling the truth.’