un·suit·able | \ˌən-ˈsü-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun
unsuitability for the job
unsuitably \ˌən-ˈsü-tə-blē \ adverb
unsuitably dressed

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Lawyers argued his deteriorating health left his veins unsuitable for IVs to be inserted. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 Lawyers argued his deteriorating health left his veins unsuitable for IVs to be inserted. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018 Lawyers argued his deteriorating health left his veins unsuitable for IVs to be inserted. CBS News, "Texas executes Danny Paul Bible for 1979 rape, murder in Houston," 28 June 2018 Baptista’s Jazz Club in 1930s Chicago is the backdrop for this tale of sisters Kate, a composer, and Bianca, a chanteuse wannabe, who just want to make their dreams come true without being smothered by unsuitable suitors. Kerry Reid, chicagotribune.com, "Summer theater 2018: Our top 25 shows to see," 23 May 2018 His deteriorating health, the attorneys argue, has left his veins unsuitable for IVs to be inserted to carry a lethal dose of pentobarbital. Michael Graczyk, Fox News, "Ailing Texas inmate wants execution by firing squad or gas," 28 June 2018 And not unsuitable for an island that’s barely even there and a delta that probably isn’t. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Nothing But Time and Tides and Salt and Mud and Warren Ellis," 3 July 2018 Most restaurants were in hotels or pubs, unsuitable for an unaccompanied female. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Dynamic Webb House Garden: More Than Just A Pretty Face," 3 July 2018 His age also makes him unsuitable to go back to work, according to the Facebook post. Steve Annear, BostonGlobe.com, "Ever wanted to own a State Police K-9? These two need good homes," 11 July 2018

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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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un·suit·able | \ˌən-ˈsü-tə-bəl\

Kids Definition of unsuitable

: not fitting : inappropriate unsuitable clothing unsuitable behavior

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