unqualified

If you're unqualified for something, you're not cut out to do it, often because you don't have the skills or knowledge you need. A dog trainer is most likely unqualified to perform brain surgery.

The adjective unqualified is good for describing someone who isn't fit for a task or job. You wouldn't want an unqualified dentist to fill your cavity, and an unqualified babysitter might not even know how to change a diaper or put a bandage on a scraped elbow. Another way people can be unqualified is when they lack some necessary document — you're unqualified to teach in a public school, for example, without a state teaching certificate.

Primary Meanings of unqualified

1.
adj
not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training
2.
adj
not limited or restricted
Full Definitions of unqualified
1

adj not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training

Synonyms:
incompetent
not qualified or suited for a purpose
ineligible
not eligible
quack
medically unqualified
Antonyms:
qualified
meeting the proper standards and requirements and training for an office or position or task
competent
properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
eligible
qualified for or allowed or worthy of being chosen
well-qualified
more than adequately qualified
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adj legally not qualified or sufficient

“a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband”
Synonyms:
incompetent
Antonyms:
competent
legally qualified or sufficient

adj having no right or entitlement

Synonyms:
unentitled
ineligible
not eligible
2

adj not limited or restricted

“an unqualified denial”
Synonyms:
unconditional, unconditioned
not conditional
unmodified
not changed in form or character
categoric, categorical, flat, unconditional
not modified or restricted by reservations
clean, clear
free of restrictions or qualifications
cool
(used of a number or sum) without exaggeration or qualification
outright, straight-out, unlimited
without reservation or exception
Antonyms:
qualified
limited or restricted; not absolute
conditional
imposing or depending on or containing a condition
modified
changed in form or character
conditional
qualified by reservations
hedged, weasel-worded
evasively worded in order to avoid an unqualified statement
limited, modified
mediocre
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