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’
    • ‘Burnside knew that he was unfitted to command an army, but was widely liked despite his failings.’
    • ‘It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are wholly unfitted, by temperament and training, for the cut-throat, hard-nosed commercial environment in which they now find themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The serious failings of Univan led to a ship and a crew unfitted for the foreseeable eventualities of the voyage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was sadly unfitted for hating his best friend or for torturing his wife.’
    • ‘They declared him unfitted to receive that blessing, and urged that he be required to be educated into that capacity.’
    • ‘But try to imagine a personality wholly unfitted for the rough and tumble of the world's labour-market.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    View synonyms
  • 2(of furniture) not fitted.

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