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

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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 And mercury, by its nature, is unsuitable for making things. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 Armstrong flew the lander almost parallel to the surface, passing over a large crater and an unsuitable field of rubble before spotting a flat expanse of powder. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 The extras will include a 34,000-square-foot asphalt-over-stone parking lot and access drive; a sidewalk leading to the courts; a concrete curb around three sides of the tennis courts; and a contingency fund for stabilizing any unsuitable soil. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Strongsville Schools to spend more than $500,000 on 6 new tennis courts," 11 June 2019 Used restaurant grease and other oils unsuitable for human consumption, added to enhance palatability for our pooches. Brian Kateman, Quartz, "Vegan pets sound bougie, but they might just save the Earth," 12 June 2019 Researchers generally use fetal tissue from elective abortions rather than miscarriages because miscarriages often result from chromosomal or other developmental abnormalities that could make the tissue unsuitable for research. Michelle Andrews, Scientific American, "FAQ: How Does New Trump Fetal Policy Impact Medical Research?," 7 June 2019 Two of the city’s three shelters also require some form of religious participation for some programs, making those shelters unsuitable for people with different beliefs, the homeless residents said. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Court: Cities can’t prosecute people for sleeping on streets," 4 Sep. 2018 Appraisers argue that approach is unsuitable for home purchases, though. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of unsuitable

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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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 move or obtain by small maneuvers

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