un·​suit·​able | \ ˌən-ˈsü-tə-bəl How to pronounce unsuitable (audio) \

Definition of unsuitable

: not fitting or right for a use or purpose : not suitable an unsuitable choice unsuitable topics for conversation

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Other Words from unsuitable

unsuitability \ ˌən-​ˌsü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unsuitability (audio) \ noun
unsuitability for the job
unsuitably \ ˌən-​ˈsü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce unsuitably (audio) \ adverb
unsuitably dressed

Examples of unsuitable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But first, the nominees must face interviews with the commission’s incoming president, who determines their new remit and can veto unsuitable candidates. A.a., The Economist, "How European Commissioners are appointed," 13 Sep. 2019 Many of the negative reviews have pointed to the book’s length—a boundless 771 pages—as being fundamentally unsuitable for a film adaptation, and perhaps more fitting for a television miniseries. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Goldfinch Is a Uniquely Challenging Novel to Adapt. Here’s Why the Movie Was Doomed," 13 Sep. 2019 Abdifatah and Mariam Aden, originally from Somalia, lived in a small apartment unsuitable for their family of five. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Habitat for Humanity opens 18 townhomes in Tempe, plans up to 20 single-family homes," 17 Aug. 2019 Current satellite systems are hampered by median latency of nearly 600ms, making them an unsuitable replacement for cable or fiber systems. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "OneWeb’s low-Earth satellites hit 400Mbps and 32ms latency in new test," 17 July 2019 The new rule will let factory workers, rather than USDA inspectors, remove unsuitable carcasses and trim defects in plants that opt into the new inspection system. NBC News, "Trump administration allows pork slaughterhouses to have fewer USDA inspectors," 17 Sep. 2019 But many alternatives present other problems for the planet or are unsuitable for people with disabilities, critics say. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Plastic straws are trash. Are there alternatives that don't suck?," 16 Aug. 2019 But critics of the administration have long argued that the facilities were unsuitable for children for long periods of time. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule," 21 Aug. 2019 Designing a backend that would be reasonably sized and accommodate a few thousand channels is an engineering challenge unsuitable for academic environments and, most importantly, budgets. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Stitch a Computer into Your Brain," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of unsuitable

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsuitable was circa 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of unsuitable

: not having the qualities that are right, needed, or appropriate for something : not suitable


un·​suit·​able | \ ˌən-ˈsü-tə-bəl\

Kids Definition of unsuitable

: not fitting : inappropriate unsuitable clothing unsuitable behavior

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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