Definition of suitable in English:

suitable

Line breaks: suit|able
Pronunciation: /ˈsuːtəb(ə)l
 
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adjective

Right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation: these toys are not suitable for children under five
More example sentences
  • Just because something is already there does not make it suitable for the purpose.
  • The job has been advertised but so far it has not produced a suitable candidate.
  • It may be possible to predict which troops are, and are not, suitable for deployment.
Synonyms
acceptable, satisfactory, fit, worthy, fitting
informal right up someone's street
appropriate, fitting, fit, fitted, acceptable, apt, rightappropriate to, suited to, befitting, congruous with, in keeping with, in character with, tailor-made, custom-made
informal cut out for
proper, seemly, decent, apt, appropriate, fitting, befitting, becoming, right, correct, due, worthy, decorous; Frenchcomme il fautwell qualified, well suited, competent, capable, able; right, appropriate, fitting, apt; desirable, preferable, ideal

Origin

late 16th century: from the verb suit, on the pattern of agreeable.

Derivatives

suitability

Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • However, it is still an unnatural and almost cruel way to judge someone's talent and suitability for a role.
  • It was a run that put to bed doubts over his ability and suitability.
  • I was then told to be in court that afternoon - for a public hearing of my suitability as an expert witness.

suitableness

noun
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  • All varieties were also evaluated for their suitableness for drying and processing.
  • Thus there is both a suitableness and a constancy in the workings of the heart.
  • That God is willing that all should be saved, appears from the sufficiency of the provision which is made for the salvation of sinners; the frequent declarations that it is designed for all; the offers which are made indiscriminately to all; and the suitableness of the provision to the circumstances of all.

suitably

adverb
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  • This image, we believe, provides a suitably emblematic synthesis of these two positions.
  • That said the scenes of the world above ground are suitably impressive.
  • However, if the inspector decides it has not been suitably improved, it will stay as open countryside.

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