from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an unfit manner; not properly; unsuitably; inappropriately.

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  • adverb In an unfit manner; unsuitably, inappropriately, not fitly.


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  • St. Peter, their whole hierarchy, or kingdom of darkness, may be compared not unfitly to the kingdom of fairies; that is, to the old wives 'fables in England concerning ghosts and spirits, and the feats they play in the night.

    Leviathan 2007

  • Levites might not unfitly be attributed the name of clergy, from

    Leviathan 2007

  • And this is a disease which not unfitly may be compared to the epilepsy, or falling sickness (which the Jews took to be one kind of possession by spirits), in the body natural.

    Leviathan 2007

  • These two sorts of essences, I suppose, may not unfitly be termed, the one the real, the other nominal essence.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding 2007

  • Before proceeding to legislate, then, we must prove that they are two, and what is the difference between them, that when we impose the penalty upon either, every one may understand our proposal, and be able in some way to judge whether the penalty is fitly or unfitly inflicted.

    Laws 2006

  • A minute discussion of this subject would be a serious task; but if, as before, I am to give only an outline, the subject may not unfitly be summed up as follows.

    Timaeus 2006

  • These two sorts of essences, I suppose, may not unfitly be termed, the one the real, the other nominal essence.

    God, Aids & Circumcision Hill, George 2005

  • He says, that the infant in the womb is nourished by Nature, like a plant; but when it is brought forth, being cooled and hardened by the air, it changes its spirit and becomes an animal; whence the soul is not unfitly named Psyche because of this refrigeration [Greek omitted].

    Essays and Miscellanies 2004

  • The ocean, in everlasting but gentle agitation, and brooded over by a dove-like calm, might not unfitly typify the mind and the mood which then swayed it.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater 2003

  • For the opinion of Plato, who placed the understanding in the brain, animosity (which he did unfitly call anger, having a greater mixture with pride) in the heart, and concupiscence or sensuality in the liver, deserveth not to be despised, but much less to be allowed.

    The Advancement of Learning 2003


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