Definition of unfitted in US English:



  • 1predicative (of a person) not fitted or suited for a particular task or vocation.

    ‘he seemed to know he was unfitted for such a role’
    • ‘It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.’
    • ‘He was sadly unfitted for hating his best friend or for torturing his wife.’
    • ‘It is painful to admit, but it is incontrovertibly true, that a large number of those now occupied in nursing are totally unfitted for the duties they are called upon to perform.’
    • ‘Thus, to train children to perform mental operations, or to practice tasks, for which they are unfitted, is a crime against nature.’
    • ‘He sat down with his Bible to equip himself for a calling to which he felt unfitted by temperament, inclination, and physical health.’
    • ‘But try to imagine a personality wholly unfitted for the rough and tumble of the world's labour-market.’
    • ‘The lives of Nicholas and Alexandra were tragic because both had endearing qualities and both found themselves playing roles for which they were quite unfitted.’
    • ‘Burnside knew that he was unfitted to command an army, but was widely liked despite his failings.’
    • ‘As things had worked out Stein had had the unusual experience of being a genuine supremo in his first managerial job and he was subsequently unfitted for any subordinate command.’
    • ‘They declared him unfitted to receive that blessing, and urged that he be required to be educated into that capacity.’
    • ‘The serious failings of Univan led to a ship and a crew unfitted for the foreseeable eventualities of the voyage.’
    • ‘They are wholly unfitted, by temperament and training, for the cut-throat, hard-nosed commercial environment in which they now find themselves.’
    incompetent, inept, lacking ability, no good, inadequate, not good enough, leaving much to be desired, inexpert, unproficient, unskilful, ineffective, ineffectual, inefficacious, feeble, unfit, unqualified, inferior
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  • 2(of furniture) not fitted.

    • ‘Cabinetry, in both cherry wood and ivory-matte lacquer finishes, was selected to create an unfitted furniture look.’
    • ‘Rick developed design ideas for the farmhouse-style kitchen, with unfitted cabinetry and generous uses of old and reclaimed lumber.’
    • ‘When possible, include any free standing or unfitted piece of furniture into the design no matter what theme you are trying to create.’
    • ‘The next major issues to address are storage space and whether to choose a fitted or unfitted kitchen.’
    • ‘A freestanding refrigerator and walk-in pantry give the kitchen the currently popular unfitted look, a style that had its first heyday before the advent of built-ins.’