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

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 third row is also probably unsuitable for anyone taller than about 5-feet 4 inches (1.65 m), even with the second row moved into its more forward position. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 Von Neumann rejected most games as unsuitable to the task, especially those like checkers or chess in which both players can see all the pieces on the board and share the same information. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 The Corn Belt is on track to become unsuitable for corn cultivation by 2100, and the level of aflatoxins in corn is set to increase. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Attention has clearly gone into each misspelling, unsuitable preposition, and grocer’s apostrophe. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 17 June 2022 By the end of the century, the report projects, as much as 30 percent of current agricultural land could become unsuitable for farming. Sarah Kaplan, BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2022 However, some water from the lake’s lower depths may be of poor quality and unsuitable for storage, so it may be discharged into the San Dieguito River, said Lau. Joe Tash, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 Those trees tend to be less valuable, unsuitable for lumber milling. AZCentral.com, 21 June 2022 At the time of his designation, Pujols had been relegated to serving as a utility player, a role the front office felt was unsuitable for a player of his stature. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 3 June 2022 See More

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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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“Unsuitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuitable. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for unsuitable


un·​suit·​able | \ ˌən-ˈsü-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of unsuitable

: not fitting : inappropriate unsuitable clothing unsuitable behavior

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Nglish: Translation of unsuitable for Spanish Speakers


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