suit·​able ˈsü-tə-bəl How to pronounce suitable (audio)
: adapted to a use or purpose
suitable for kitchen use
: satisfying propriety : proper
suitable dress
: able, qualified
a suitable candidate for the job
obsolete : similar, matching
suitability noun
suitableness noun
suitably adverb
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fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance.

fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action.

fit for battle

suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands.

clothes suitable for camping

meet suggests a just proportioning.

meet payment

proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom.

proper acknowledgement

appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness.

an appropriate gift

fitting implies harmony of mood or tone.

a fitting end

apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination.

apt quotations

happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate.

a happy choice of words

felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful.

a felicitous phrase

Examples of suitable in a Sentence

The dress was a suitable choice. We upgraded the computer to make it suitable to our needs.
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Word History

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of suitable was in 1563

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“Suitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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suit·​able ˈsüt-ə-bəl How to pronounce suitable (audio)
: adapted to a use or purpose
food suitable for human consumption
: being fit or right for a use or group
clothes suitable to the occasion
a movie suitable for children
: qualified sense 1, capable
looking for a suitable replacement
suitability noun
suitably adverb

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