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1. Unskilled; inexpert.
2. Obsolete Ignorant.

un·skill′ful·ly adv.
un′skill′ful·ness n.


(ʌnˈskɪl fəl)

not skillful; clumsy or bungling; inept.
Also, esp. Brit.,un•skil′ful.
un•skill′ful•ly, adv.
un•skill′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unskillful - poorly doneunskillful - poorly done; "a botchy piece of work"; "it was an unskillful attempt"
unskilled - not having or showing or requiring special skill or proficiency; "unskilled in the art of rhetoric"; "an enthusiastic but unskillful mountain climber"; "unskilled labor"; "workers in unskilled occupations are finding fewer and fewer job opportunities"; "unskilled workmanship"


1. Lacking the qualities, as efficiency or skill, required to produce desired results:
2. Lacking the required professional skill:
3. Clumsily lacking in the ability to do or perform:
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If we get rid of them, we shall fall into the hands of unskillful operators, and thus suffer a double death: for you may be assured, that though all the Butchers should perish, yet will men never want beef.
Now that which is proposed to your majesty is dishonest and unskillful at the same time.
It was doubtless wrong, from a family point of view, to sign a treaty with a man who had cut off the head of the king your father's brother-in-law, and to contract an alliance with a parliament which they call yonder the Rump Parliament; it was unbecoming, I acknowledge, but it was not unskillful from a political point of view, since, thanks to that treaty, I saved your majesty, then a minor, the trouble and danger of a foreign war, which the Fronde -- you remember the Fronde sire?
I am afraid that what was first done was unskillful, if not worse than useless.
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With this in mind, we can compassionately educate and help patients work past a sense of feeling overwhelmed and unskillful coping styles, so they can live to their best potential.
They're able to loosen the grip of unskillful behaviors, while nurturing those that benefit themselves, and others.
Then, you ask yourself, "Am I choosing to act on behalf of cultivating a skillful mind state or an unskillful mind state?
He believes the international companies would bring skill and expertise to Pakistan whereas he says the companies especially in the road-sector have been made by unskillful people who get the contracts.
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So much that happens within these organisations under the name of 'mental health' is frequently both unskillful, prejudicial to recovery, occasionally verging on or actually 'abusive', and even iatrogenic.
This method is fast and powerful; therefore, it is able to accurately and quickly determine the genotype of many samples and it can also be easily used by any unskillful laboratory staff with access to Real-Time PCR device 18.