un·​suit·​able ˌən-ˈsü-tə-bəl How to pronounce unsuitable (audio)
: not fitting or right for a use or purpose : not suitable
an unsuitable choice
unsuitable topics for conversation
unsuitability noun
unsuitability for the job
unsuitably adverb
unsuitably dressed

Examples of unsuitable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing. Laura Holt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Environmental conditions were unsuitable for large multicellular organisms due to low oxygen levels. Eliot Bush, Scientific American, 7 Nov. 2023 The preserve’s retention of water can alleviate the effects of droughts, but the cyclical flooding that now occurs makes much of it unsuitable for farming. Koba Ryckewaert, New York Times, 7 Oct. 2023 While solar and wind energy are a great help, these are dependent on weather conditions and unsuitable for base load or 24/7 power generation. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023 They were deemed unsuitable to bear children and were sometimes refused housing and food. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 28 Aug. 2023 Still, 14% of their advertising dollars were flowing directly to sites that those advertisers did not want to do business with and were unsuitable both from a quality of content and user experience perspective. Lou Paskalis, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2023 Dozens of migrants died after their boat capsized in the Strait of Sicily, with just a handful rescued, survivors reported Wednesday, as yet another perilous attempt to cross the Mediterranean in a rickety, unsuitable vessel ended in disaster. Emma Bubola, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2023 At times, production runs were ruined by contamination that meant the meat was unsuitable for turning into a product, the former employee says. WIRED, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsuitable was circa 1586

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“Unsuitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuitable. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: not suitable or fitting : unbecoming, inappropriate

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