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 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, "Over 450 past Jeopardy contestants call on show to address alleged 'white power' symbol," 29 Apr. 2021 But as the surrounding area developed, the site became unsuitable for large-scale production. Mariana Rivas, Dallas News, "What happened to Dallas’ Mrs. Baird’s bread factory? Curious Texas investigates," 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, "Tesla Model S crashes in Texas, leaving two dead and sparking a blaze that lasts hours," 19 Apr. 2021 The property is also open to the public on Mondays or when the weather is unsuitable for golf. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, "A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’," 12 Apr. 2021 The board aims to ensure that the county can meet housing needs while avoiding development in unsuitable or unsafe areas. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County will update the housing element in its general plan," 12 Apr. 2021 The same unsuitable facilities that housed thousands of asylum-seeking minors under Trump are packed once again under Biden. Washington Post, "Biden’s border ‘crisis’ has little to do with the border," 31 Mar. 2021 One misstep in the process can make the bread unsuitable for a family’s Passover table, said Meir, a student at Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva in Brooklyn. New York Times, "A Family’s Passover Tradition: Making Matzo in Their Backyard," 26 Mar. 2021 The secret military plan never happened—engineers quickly learned how rapidly and unpredictably the ice can shift, making the site highly unstable and wholly unsuitable for nuclear weapons. Gemma Tarlach, Wired, "Fossils in a Forgotten Ice Core Rewrite Greenland’s Icy Past," 20 Mar. 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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1 May 2021

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“Unsuitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuitable. Accessed 13 May. 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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