suitable

adjective
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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The metal table is suitable for both indoors and outdoors and comes in a number of bright fun colors like the yellow shown above, plus orange, blue, red, and green. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "All kinds of small dining tables for under $500," 1 Oct. 2018 To prevent tick bites: One sure way to prevent tick bites is to avoid suitable habitats for ticks, but this isn’t always possible. Joyce Sakamoto, Washington Post, "Ticks and mosquitoes are ready to deliver disease in a bite, but you can stop them," 18 June 2018 The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that, as of 2015, there’s about 1,800 to 2,100 adult cougars in the state, spread out at about two cats per 39 square miles in areas of suitable habitat. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "What Really Caused Washington’s Cougar Attack?," 23 May 2018 Wolf biologists and advocates argue that wolf recovery should include more area in the U.S. because Mexico lacks sufficient suitable habitat. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Can Mexican gray wolves survive in Mexico? Ranchers, advocates square off in familiar debate," 13 May 2018 Species migration: About 75 percent of the small mammal species and over 80 percent of bird species surveyed in the Sierra Nevada region have shifted ranges in an effort to find suitable habitat. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Climate change ruining California’s environment, report warns," 9 May 2018 In Barataria Bay, salinity levels greater than eight parts per thousand were found to be critical for suitable dolphin habitat. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Feds grant waiver of law protecting dolphins for proposed sediment diversions," 23 Mar. 2018 By 2050, this species could no longer find suitable habitat in Yellowstone. National Geographic, "More Birds Expected for Majority of National Parks—Here's Why," 21 Mar. 2018 The researchers say this demonstrates that urban environments, if managed properly, can provide suitable habitat for high diversity and abundance of bees. Kimberly Hickok, Science | AAAS, "Bees love the lawns of lazy homeowners," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of suitable

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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suitable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of suitable

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

suitable

adjective
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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