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
Choose the Right Synonym for suitable

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

Example Sentences

The dress was a suitable choice. We upgraded the computer to make it suitable to our needs.
Recent Examples on the Web The language in the video is not suitable for all ages. Mark Heim |, al, 20 Jan. 2023 And even the public boat ramp at McKinley Marina in Milwaukee was suitable for launching boats. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 20 Jan. 2023 Rather than drastically modifying the land for crops or pasture, herders move with their livestock seasonally to utilize natural grasslands that aren’t suitable for agriculture. Scientific American, 19 Jan. 2023 At $80 and above, the humidifiers are typically suitable for multiroom usage and may feature larger tanks, target humidity settings and automatic shut-off. Chicago Tribune, 17 Jan. 2023 Muira puama may interact with certain medications and may not be suitable for everyone. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2023 Regardless, Aduhelm was not suitable for my father, who, by the time of its approval, had progressed to advanced Alzheimer’s, past the point where scientists believe amyloid removal might be effective. Time, 14 Jan. 2023 This lightweight mask is suitable for all hair types, including those with natural textures, and is designed to smooth, detangle, and fight flyways. Sam Peters, ELLE, 14 Jan. 2023 The immersive experience is suitable for all ages, although visitors under the age of 14 must have adult supervision. Abigail Lee,, 13 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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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