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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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

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Appraisers argue that approach is unsuitable for home purchases, though. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?," 29 Nov. 2018 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Matthew Whitaker is, by any standard, a wildly unsuitable choice to serve as attorney general of the United States. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Matthew Whitaker’s appointment is the latest Trump tax the GOP is paying," 11 Nov. 2018 In the first couple episodes, she’s offered two unsuitable husbands — a handsome, irritatingly doting prince and a handsome, irritatingly self-absorbed one. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 The intimate gesture caught the attention of the press and blew the lid off the couple’s affair, which was a problem, because Townsend was a divorced commoner and therefore deemed an unsuitable match for the high-ranking Margaret. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Before Thomas Markle Spoke Out: A Look Back at the Biggest Royal Scandals in Recent History," 14 Aug. 2018 Most plastic gun cases are unsuitable for transporting your firearms into rough terrain, and steel cases are too heavy. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Best Gun Storage," 8 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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