from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Poorly or inadequately equipped.

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  • adj. Not well equipped; lacking important resources and supplies

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. poorly supplied with physical equipment


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  • She ended her letter to Robert Smith, an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius: "I fear that he is a man with a problem that may make him ill-equipped to lead an institution where women work under his command."

    Controversies Keep Politician in the Spotlight

  • But in a letter written at the time of the investigation, she described a man "ill-equipped" to lead an institution that employed women.

    Controversies Keep Politician in the Spotlight

  • One rebel fighter, Salah Bash-Agha, a graduate law student, conceded that the inexperienced, ill-equipped rebel force faces bigger challenges in open combat compared with the street fighting at close quarters that they waged successfully against pro-Gadhafi forces for weeks in Misrata.

    Libya's PR Efforts Are Falling Short

  • The poorly trained, ill-equipped Russian troops met strong resistance, and it took more than two months of brutal fighting to occupy Grozny, which was badly damaged.

    The Return

  • "The argument that the government is ill-equipped and shouldn't be trusted with the such far-reaching power is no joke."

    Boing Boing

  • Many experts say that without the help of fighter planes and missile strikes from NATO members, the ill-equipped and poorly trained Libyan rebel force would have been defeated by now or be on the verge of defeat.

    Analysts Say Arming Libyan Rebels Could Have Negative Consequences

  • Largely driven by services and contract research, the Indian biotech industry, on its own, is ill-equipped to address India's health and agri-biotech demands.

    India's Biotech Messiah

  • "Too many adults out there are ill-equipped for the 21st-century economy," says Dennis Jones, president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, a nonprofit research group based in Boulder, Colo.

    Jeff Selingo: The Self-Absorbed Higher Ed System

  • I'm uncomfortably aware of everything that could go wrong, and my brain keeps reminding me how ill-equipped I am to deal with these theoretical catastrophes.

    Diary of a separation

  • The reality is our approach to hiring and retaining people to teach in America's classrooms is fundamentally ill-equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century.

    Sen. Michael Bennet: Presidential Teacher Corps: Building a 21st Century Teaching Force


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