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 Guanin said single days off are an unsuitable replacement for the real deal. NBC News, "Spring break cancellations spark mental health concerns for college students," 5 Dec. 2020 In other places, affordable housing — both privately and publicly owned — were purposefully constructed in floodplains because property was cheap and considered unsuitable for other types of development. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "Flood Risks to Low-Income Homes to Triple by 2050," 1 Dec. 2020 Prowse's West Country English accent was thought to be unsuitable for the part. Angela Dewan And Samantha Beech, CNN, "David Prowse, the original Darth Vader, dies aged 85," 29 Nov. 2020 Kaavan was diagnosed earlier this year as being dangerously overweight, owing to his unsuitable diet of around 550 pounds of sugar cane each day. NBC News, "'World's loneliest elephant' starts trip to sanctuary in Cambodia," 29 Nov. 2020 That set of performance tires is a $200 upgrade but would be unsuitable for winter use. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2006 Honda Civic Si vs. Volkswagen GTI," 18 Nov. 2020 Some games contain themes or language unsuitable for players under age 18, whereas others might not contain any questionable content but are still too tricky for a 10-year-old to play, for instance. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "The best board game of 2020," 7 Nov. 2020 State securities regulators have suspended a San Antonio investment adviser who dispenses financial advice on local radio for steering clients into unregistered and unsuitable investments. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: SpaceX’s Starship poised to launch Texas’ space industry into new era," 30 Oct. 2020 The cost to remove the unsuitable soil was approximately $1.8 million. courant.com, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 8 Oct. 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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“Unsuitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsuitable. Accessed 28 Feb. 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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