Definition of unqualified in US English:



  • 1(of a person) not officially recognized as a practitioner of a particular profession or activity through having satisfied the relevant conditions or requirements.

    • ‘But, worse than that, many people are working beyond the 20 half-days allowed for unqualified persons to work in schools, and the council has no ability to do anything about it.’
    • ‘Do you want totally unqualified people to continue offering the same services as you offer, while some very well qualified people can't even be registered in Ontario?’
    • ‘Much the thinking, in fact, behind the plethora of ‘helplines’ springing up all over the place, manned by wholly unqualified people exorcising their own grief by immersion in that of strangers.’
    • ‘Not only is this a fiscal travesty but, more importantly, our health care decisions are being made by unqualified persons with purely fiscally based agendas.’
    • ‘The new policy addressed the concern of patronage appointments of unqualified people to the governing boards of post-secondary institutions, but stopped short of creating a fully elected board.’
    • ‘There are few doctors and hospitals, and many unqualified persons practice a form of medicine at private facilities, especially in Mogadishu and other cities.’
    • ‘No costs in respect of anything done by an unqualified person acting as a solicitor shall be recoverable by him… in any action suit or matter.’
    • ‘At present, there is an unqualified person, with no uniform, no safety gear of any kind, including fire extinguisher on the truck, trying to satisfy a bunch of boat owners who want their fuel at a minimum of inconvenience to them.’
    • ‘Sometimes a qualified and an unqualified person can bid for the same vacancy, but one finds the unqualified person is recruited without us knowing why.’
    • ‘It had 10 beds and 22 nursing staff (ratio of 3: 2 for qualified to unqualified nurses, no special training required).’
    • ‘Eventually too, the economy will suffer as there will be too many unqualified people in top posts.’
    • ‘Since the pass rate for the California exam is quite low, there is concern about whether unqualified individuals are now practicing.’
    • ‘Predictions that the introduction of nurse practitioners would entail ‘misuse of potent drugs by unqualified staff’ have not materialised, to date.’
    • ‘A short term goal of 13% would be appropriate without running the risk of hiring unqualified people.’
    • ‘If anything, it's closer to Andy Warhol's obsession with self-conscious celebrity, a world where apparently unqualified people could be turned into media icons.’
    • ‘Professional members seeking mandatory licensing argue that their scope of practice must be defined broadly to prevent unqualified people from engaging in any aspect of their practice.’
    • ‘Use of antituberculosis drugs by unqualified persons or alternative medicine practitioners in bizarre regimens for inadequate periods is an important problem in our country.’
    • ‘More seriously, the quality of Taiwan's human resources has become polarized - on one hand we saw the quantity of talent grow, while we also saw the number of unqualified people still prevails.’
    • ‘A leading member of the NUT said pupils in Manchester's primary schools are already being taught by untrained and unqualified staff when teachers are sick.’
    • ‘It is politics that hires the unqualified person to do a job that requires a highly seasoned person, skilled in design, who can make sound design decisions.’
    uncertificated, unlicensed, unchartered, untrained, inexperienced
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    1. 1.1usually with infinitive Not competent or sufficiently knowledgeable to do something.
      ‘I am singularly unqualified to write about football’
      • ‘Price admits to being unqualified to write about football, and others would agree about his lack of credentials, but some of his descriptions of action and events on the field are superb.’
      • ‘It was only natural that she would step up to the plate for the top job - although she was completely unqualified for the position.’
      • ‘What are you going to say, ‘I don't think that people do think that they can do things they're obviously unqualified for.’’
      • ‘I'm horrendously unqualified for this sort of job, but I reckon it'd be a real laugh having a gay introductions agency.’
      • ‘Blair is uniquely unqualified for such a task because he is a warring faction.’
      • ‘I feel completely unqualified to write on that subject as I am still answering that question myself.’
      • ‘ANYONE.) There is the question of how he got such an incredible job that he's so unqualified for.’
      • ‘That's why he's egregiously unqualified for the job.’
      • ‘Does this make me unqualified to write this review?’
      • ‘One thing people may not realize about Arnold is that he is peculiarly unqualified for office even by Hollywood standards.’
      • ‘Truant soon discovers that there is no such film, and even if there were, Zampano was unqualified to write a critique: He was blind.’
      • ‘It soon became apparent, however, that I was grossly unqualified for the position.’
      • ‘But, he was a very religious man so everyone had to shut up and let him have a job he was abjectly unqualified for because to do otherwise would be theocratically incorrect.’
      • ‘One might be tempted to disregard my relatively unqualified opinion had it not found reiteration in several critical writings.’
      unsuitable, unfit, ineligible, incompetent, unable, inadequate, incapable, unequipped, ill-equipped, unprepared, unfitted, inapt, not equal to, not up to, not cut out, insufficient
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  • 2Without reservation or limitation; total.

    ‘the experiment was not an unqualified success’
    • ‘Dr Rowan Williams, our recently appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, does not enjoy the unqualified support of the media - partly because it's quite difficult to make out what he is saying half the time.’
    • ‘The town of Charlestown can be rightly proud of its St Patrick's Day Parade as it was without doubt an unqualified and total success.’
    • ‘There is some truth in all of these views and any portrayal of the conferences either as an unqualified success or a total waste of time simply overlooks the complexity of the exercises themselves and of the contexts in which they take place.’
    • ‘Al Qaeda and its Indonesian friends are well aware of Canberra's unqualified support for America's ‘war on terror’ and controversial US plans to invade Iraq.’
    • ‘Deliverance was solid, but Damnation was an unqualified success.’
    • ‘For truth in this sense could presumably be ascribed with as much justification to the convictions of an atheist as to those of a theist if the former's attachment to his atheism was sufficiently profound and unqualified.’
    • ‘As far as we are concerned, this week has been nothing but an unqualified success.’
    • ‘And for most of today's black intellectuals, there can be only one legitimate stance on racial preferences: unqualified support, now and forever.’
    • ‘We know she will make a great success of this venture, as she has the unqualified support of her family and friends.’
    • ‘Under no circumstances should State support be unqualified and unconditional.’
    • ‘By the time he was done, the first four cups were a bit cool, but the operation was, in essence, a completely unqualified success.’
    • ‘Like Wallace, the operation was said to be an unqualified success but he now faces a period of total rest before undertaking a special rehabilitation programme over several weeks.’
    • ‘Maannnn… it was a 100%, fantastic, blue-skied, smiley-faced, big massive lump of an absolutely unqualified success.’
    • ‘The ‘New York Times’ is now backing away from its unqualified support of her position and Miller is on leave with no word on when she will return to the paper or what she will do there.’
    • ‘The point is driven home by the emergence of Mr Duncan Smith, whose first political utterance as leader of the Opposition was to pledge unqualified support to Mr Blair when he pledged unqualified support to Mr Bush.’
    • ‘The commander in charge called it an unqualified and absolute success.’
    • ‘The event has already raised over 73000 for 13 different charities and organiser Michael Hegarty is confident that this year's event will be another unqualified success.’
    • ‘This is a film guaranteed to succeed only to the degree that people find the puppets believable and on that count Strings is an absolute, unqualified success.’
    • ‘Mr Howard had described Professor Flint's failure to disclose his letters to Alan Jones as something he should regret, and for a good month, Mr Howard's office has failed to give him unqualified support.’
    • ‘It was just as well that the maintenance of total secrecy was the one unqualified success of the landings, as this resulted in their being largely unopposed.’
    unconditional, unreserved, unlimited, without reservations, categorical, unequivocal, unambiguous, unrestricted, wholehearted, positive, unmitigated, unadulterated, undiluted, unalloyed, unvarnished, unstinting
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