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

Examples of unsuitable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that storm’s unprecedented surge led authorities to consider that terminal unsuitable for further use as far as container handling was concerned. al, "They’re scrap now, but these cranes heralded boom times at Port of Mobile," 8 May 2020 Doesn't sound great to live somewhere unsuitable for 'human life to flourish' Anyone notice a trend in climate change news in The Short List lately? Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "We've got bigger problems than 'murder hornets'," 4 May 2020 Sometimes, Hess-Verdon said, an unsuitable parent will pursue guardianship in order to gain access to the estate. Claire Zulkey, New York Times, "Have You Named a Legal Guardian for Your Kids?," 17 Apr. 2020 On Tuesday, Finland tested a shipment of personal protective equipment, or PPE, from China and found the items unsuitable for hospital use. Los Angeles Times, "Faulty masks. Flawed tests. China’s quality control problem in leading global COVID-19 fight," 10 Apr. 2020 In some patients, Kahvejian said, the viruses cause immune reactions that make the gene therapy unsuitable. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 19 Dec. 2019 The microbes that currently digest PET break down that ring as well, making them unsuitable for recycling. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Newly engineered enzyme can break down plastic to raw materials," 8 Apr. 2020 According to researchers at the University of Alcalá, Spain, an average global temperature rise of 2°C would make 56% of global wine country unsuitable for viticulture. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How AI, satellites and drones could help plant a trillion trees," 30 Jan. 2020 YouTube goes a step further, informing all content partners that certain videos are deemed unsuitable for ads. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "How YouTube shields advertisers (not viewers) from harmful videos," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

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“Unsuitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuitable. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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