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.

Definitions of unqualified
  1. adjective
    not meeting the proper standards and requirements and training
    Synonyms:
    incompetent
    not qualified or suited for a purpose
    ineligible
    not eligible
    quack
    medically unqualified
    see moresee less
    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
    show more antonyms...
  2. adjective
    legally not qualified or sufficient
    “a wife is usually considered unqualified to testify against her husband”
    synonyms: incompetent
    see moresee less
    Antonyms:
    competent
    legally qualified or sufficient
  3. adjective
    having no right or entitlement
    synonyms: unentitled
    ineligible
    not eligible
  4. adjective
    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
    see moresee less
    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
    show more antonyms...
Word Family