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unfitted (comparative more unfitted, superlative most unfitted)

  1. Not suited, not fit (for something).
    • 1776, Thomas Paine, Common Sense, “On the Origin and Design of Government in General,”[1]
      [] let us suppose a small number of persons settled in some sequestered part of the earth, unconnected with the rest [] . In this state of natural liberty, society will be their first thought. A thousand motives will excite them thereto, the strength of one man is so unequal to his wants, and his mind so unfitted for perpetual solitude, that he is soon obliged to seek assistance and relief of another, who in his turn requires the same.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Chapter 35,[2]
      You have both warm hearts and benevolent feelings; and, Fanny, who that heard him read, and saw you listen to Shakespeare the other night, will think you unfitted as companions?
    • 1946, “Protestant Babies,” Time, 4 February, 1946,[3]
      “Society should study reasonable and just ways of discouraging parenthood on the part of those who are seriously unfitted to cope with its responsibilities.”
    • 2016, Stephen Glover, The Daily Mail, 26 August, 2016,[4]
      His lack of editorial knowledge makes him doubly unfitted for the role for which he is reportedly being groomed.
  2. (of a garment, not comparable) Not customized, tailored or cut to fit.
    • 1961, “Nothing, Something, Everything,” Time, 26 February, 1961,[5]
      As popularized by Jackie Kennedy, the little nothing, its partisans explain, also aims for the look of unostentatious but expensive elegance that goes beyond mere chic. Most little nothings today are essentially grown-up versions of sleeveless, high-necklined junior dresses, unfitted, but figure-suggesting.
    • 2015, Alexander Fury, “Man from Japan: How to dress like a Tokyo Joe,” The Independent, 17 May, 2015,[6]
      In the Eighties, the unfitted suits, flat-cut in the style of traditional kimonos and proposed by Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, formed the baggy blueprint for a decade of men’s designs, and the outfit of choice for a generation of creative directors and male fashion editors.



  1. simple past tense and past participle of unfit