be·​fit·​ting | \ bi-ˈfi-tiŋ How to pronounce befitting (audio) , bē- \

Definition of befitting

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befittingly \ bi-​ˈfi-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce befitting (audio) , bē-​ \ adverb

Examples of befitting in a Sentence

many voters feel that the womanizing governor has not acted in a befitting manner for someone who serves as the state's chief executive a befitting reply to a civil question
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First Known Use of befitting

circa 1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Befitting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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