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UNFIT (unfitted, unfitting)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unfit mean? 

UNFIT (adjective)
  The adjective UNFIT has 3 senses:

1. below the required standards for a purpose
2. not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition
3. physically unsound or diseased

  Familiarity information: UNFIT used as an adjective is uncommon.

UNFIT (verb)
  The verb UNFIT has 1 sense:

1. make unfit or unsuitable

  Familiarity information: UNFIT used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNFIT (adjective)

Sense 1unfit [BACK TO TOP]


Below the required standards for a purpose

Context examples:

an unfit parent / unfit for human consumption


condemned (officially pronounced unfit for use or consumption)

subhuman (unfit for human beings)

unsuitable (not meant or adapted for a particular purpose)


fit (meeting adequate standards for a purpose)

Sense 2unfit [BACK TO TOP]


Not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition

Context examples:

fat and very unfit / certified as unfit for army service / drunk and unfit for service


maimed; mutilated (having a part of the body crippled or disabled)

dipped; lordotic; swayback; swaybacked (having abnormal sagging of the spine (especially in horses))

spavined ((of horses) afflicted with a swelling of the hock-joint)

flabby; flaccid; soft (out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance)

knock-kneed (having the knees abnormally close together and the ankles wide apart)

gammy ((British informal) sore or lame)

disabled; handicapped (markedly unable to function as a consequence of injury or illness)

crookback; crookbacked; gibbous; humpbacked; humped; hunchbacked; kyphotic (characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column)

crippled; game; gimpy; halt; halting; lame (disabled in the feet or legs)

broken-backed ((of a horse) having bones of the back united by a bony growth)

bandy; bandy-legged; bowed; bowleg; bowlegged (have legs that curve outward at the knees)

apractic; apraxic (having uncoordinated muscular movements, symptomatic of a CNS disorder)

afflicted; impaired (mentally or physically unfit)


ill; sick (affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function)

unsound (not sound financially)

unhealthy (not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind)


fit (physically and mentally sound or healthy)

Sense 3unfit [BACK TO TOP]


Physically unsound or diseased


unfit; unsound; bad

Context examples:

has a bad back / a bad heart / bad teeth / an unsound limb / unsound teeth


unhealthy (not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind)

UNFIT (verb)

Sense 1unfit [BACK TO TOP]


Make unfit or unsuitable

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.


disqualify; unfit; indispose

Context example:

Your income disqualifies you

Hypernyms (to "unfit" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

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