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

Examples of unsuitable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The groups collectively claim that a version of Instagram – the photo- and video-sharing app with more than 1 billion users – is unsuitable for kids under 13. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 25 May 2021 Willow trees take about 15 years to mature to the point where they can be harvested for bats, and around 20% of the wood ends up being unsuitable and thrown away. Brian Owens | Inside Science, ABC News, 23 May 2021 There also seems to be no recognition that the jobs created during the pandemic may be fundamentally unstable and unsuitable to supporting someone, much less a family. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 11 May 2021 Crown operates casinos in Melbourne and Perth, but the opening of a new casino in Sydney has been put on hold after an investigation found Crown unsuitable to operate the casino without significant changes. Mike Cherney, WSJ, 10 May 2021 In this case, however, the wood is strictly decorative, and the surface is unsuitable for cutting. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 1 May 2021 With regard to Donohue's hand gesture, the letter also notes that the Jeopardy production team has in the past taken measures to reshoot or even digitally alter moments deemed unsuitable for broadcast. Rachel Yang, EW.com, 29 Apr. 2021 But as the surrounding area developed, the site became unsuitable for large-scale production. Mariana Rivas, Dallas News, 25 Apr. 2021 But federal transportation officials have said Tesla has done a poor job of monitoring motorists to ensure they are engaged and also allows the autopilot feature to be tapped on roads that are unsuitable. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Unsuitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuitable. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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