suit·​able | \ˈsü-tə-bəl \

Definition of suitable 

1 obsolete : similar, matching

2a : adapted to a use or purpose suitable for kitchen use

b : satisfying propriety : proper suitable dress

c : able, qualified a suitable candidate for the job

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Other Words from suitable

suitability \ˌsü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
suitableness noun
suitably \ˈsü-​tə-​blē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for suitable


able, capable, competent, equal, fit, good, qualified


incompetent, inept, poor, unfit, unfitted, unqualified

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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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Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (2005) Where to stream it: Hulu Fright level: Lots of ominous music, but still suitable for kids! Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "16 Classic Halloween Movies You Can Stream Right Now," 17 Oct. 2018 With the regular season in full swing, having the game officials hold on to their penalty flags after the most blatant, dangerous blows to the head is hardly the suitable, forward-thinking next step. Bill Pennington, The Seattle Times, "Where was the NFL’s new helmet-contact rules on Bradley McDougald’s punishing hit on Raiders’ Amari Cooper?," 15 Oct. 2018 Only a limited amount of airwaves are suitable for cellular service, so wireless providers such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. compete fiercely for them. Stu Woo, WSJ, "In the 5G Race, Airwave Auctions Are the Next Rivalry," 7 Oct. 2018 It was first mined to be used in construction, but only certain grades are considered suitable, and at the time, this sand did not make the cut. Lauren Ritchie,, "St. Johns water district planning five years of sand-hauling for Lake Norris area residents," 2 July 2018 Although Plekan continued to live there after her in-laws died, the house was not suitable, or easily adaptable, for someone with Plekan’s new physical disabilities. Joseph A. Slobodzian,, "'I'm not angry,' says Mariya Plekan, 5 years after losing legs in Salvation Army building collapse," 1 June 2018 Right—there are so many assumptions in the design world about what kind of home is suitable for what kind of person. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "At home with our favorite characters," 9 Oct. 2018 However, it is believed that the Toffees view Mooy as a suitable alternative, with the midfielder valued at about £18m., "Everton and Southampton Target £18m Huddersfield Star in Premier League Transfer Battle," 21 June 2018 The overall results suggested that cow manure may be a suitable alternative to artificial fertilizers. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of suitable

: having the qualities that are right, needed, or appropriate for something


suit·​able | \ˈsü-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of suitable

: being fit or right for a use or group The movie is suitable for children.

Other Words from suitable

suitability \ˌsü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
suitably \-​blē \ adverb

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a knickknack or trinket

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