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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Her 80-year-old husband, Harry, had been declared mentally unfit to stand trial.
▪ Finally, there is a group of patients who are considered mentally unfit to make decisions concerning themselves.
▪ What if the patient is mentally unfit or is a terminally ill minor?
unfit for human habitation
▪ In the 1960s, the flats were declared unfit for human habitation and demolished.
▪ Many of the housing projects are unfit for human habitation.
▪ The court was told that Blake had charged hundreds of dollars in rent for rooms that were unfit for human habitation.
▪ That single room was unfit for human habitation.
▪ The slums built during the Industrial Revolution soon became unfit for human habitation.
▪ They pronounced the attic unfit for human habitation and Jean-Claude inadequate to support me.
▪ an unfit mother
▪ I realised how unfit I was when I tried to run up the stairs.
▪ The survey shows that the typical 16-year-old is unfit, lazy, and probably plays no sports at all.
▪ Finally, there is a group of patients who are considered mentally unfit to make decisions concerning themselves.
▪ For the unfit individual, three times per week should be the maximum number of exercise sessions.
▪ He described her as unfit to be called a Catholic and certainly unfit for motherhood.
▪ Other charges include driving while disqualified, driving while unfit due to drink, without insurance and without a licence.
▪ Please say briefly why you are unfit to work.
▪ Sometimes the Senate would decree that the son of a deceased emperor was unfit to succeed his father.
▪ The aim was to remove persons who were unfit to be ministers of religion either because of incompetence or scandalous behaviour.
▪ The doctor had told her that she was unfit to travel, but she came home anyway.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Unfit \Un*fit"\, v. t. [1st pref. un- + fit.] To make unsuitable or incompetent; to deprive of the strength, skill, or proper qualities for anything; to disable; to incapacitate; to disqualify; as, sickness unfits a man for labor; sin unfits us for the society of holy beings.


Unfit \Un*fit"\, a. [Pref. un- + fit.] Not fit; unsuitable. -- Un*fit"ly, adv. -- Un*fit"ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, "not suitable" (in reference to things), from un- (1) "not" + fit (adj.). Related: Unfitness. In reference to persons or human qualities, attested from 1550s.


"to render unfit," 1610s, from unfit (adj.), or else from un- (2) "reverse of" + fit (v.). Related: Unfitted; unfitting.

  1. 1 Not fit; not having the correct requirements. 2 Not fit, not having a good physical demeanor. v

  2. To make unfit; to render unsuitable, spoil, disqualify.

  1. adj. below the required standards for a purpose; "an unfit parent"; "unfit for human consumption" [ant: fit]

  2. not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; "fat and very unfit"; "certified as unfit for army service"; "drunk and unfit for service" [ant: fit]

  3. physically unsound or diseased; "has a bad back"; "a bad heart"; "bad teeth"; "an unsound limb"; "unsound teeth" [syn: bad, unsound]

  4. [also: unfitting, unfitted]

  1. v. make unfit or unsuitable; "Your income disqualifies you" [syn: disqualify, indispose] [ant: qualify]

  2. [also: unfitting, unfitted]

Usage examples of "unfit".

I think he might have dared to declare the wine unfit and called for a different amphora to be broached had he and I not been very thirsty from traveling.

Arlbery laughed heartily at the recital, assuring her she doubted not but she had made acquaintance with some dangerous fair one, who was playing upon her inexperience, and utterly unfit to be known to her.

Crude brawlers, these self-styled cantrev lords are unfit to command even their own households.

Others again, although suited to the production of one type of beer, are quite unfit for the brewing of another.

The very low initial heat, and the employment of relatively large quantities of readily transformable malt adjuncts, enable the American brewer to make use of a class of malt which would be considered quite unfit for brewing in an English brewery.

But as for such who have busied themselves in many broyles, or have beene vehement in the prosecution of any lust, as the ambitious, the amorous, the wrathfull man, these still retaine the glimpses and dreames of such things as they have performed in their bodies, which makes them either altogether unfit to remaine there where they are, or else keepes them long ere they can put off their soules.

In the house, vainly rich and foolishly unfit for them, the bereaved family whom the Marches had just left lingered together, and tried to get strength to part for the night.

I was abhorred of them, and unfit to dwell among them, or be partaker of their benefits, because I had sinned against the Saviour.

News that the trial had taken place got around, and I heard that I had chosen the time of the Champion Hurdle so that I could keep the unfit state of Pease Pudding decently concealed.

Prince Casudo had been a good man, a very good man, even saintly-but it was as Chancellor Rebozo had said: that very goodness had made him unfit to be king.

As part of the reconsolidation of America as a White Herrenvolk democracy, Northerners joined with Southerners in denouncing the period of Radical Reconstruction as a disastrous mistake and the Blacks as unfit for government.

The King of Goimr having been determined an insane man, the Council of State declared him unfit for regnancy and placed him in an asylum, where, I regret to say, the poor man hanged himself in his sleep.

In winter wooden frames, with heavy hangings, were erected across these openings and that of the tablinum, for the Romans soon found the necessity for modifying the arrangements which, although well suited for an Italian climate, were wholly unfit for that of Britain.

Fame at its utmost best,--and Theos sighed once or twice restlessly as he inwardly reflected how poor and unsatisfying were his own poetical powers, and how totally unfitted he was to cope with a rival so vastly his superior.

Nor is the explanation far to seek, for the valleys afforded shelter to the wolves, and were in places obstructed by undrained marshes, unhealthy and unfitted for the herdsman and his flocks, and impenetrable as regards roads.