suit·​able ˈsü-tə-bəl How to pronounce suitable (audio)
: adapted to a use or purpose
suitable for kitchen use
: satisfying propriety : proper
suitable dress
: able, qualified
a suitable candidate for the job
obsolete : similar, matching
suitability noun
suitableness noun
suitably adverb
Choose the Right Synonym for suitable

fit, suitable, meet, proper, appropriate, fitting, apt, happy, felicitous mean right with respect to some end, need, use, or circumstance.

fit stresses adaptability and sometimes special readiness for use or action.

fit for battle

suitable implies an answering to requirements or demands.

clothes suitable for camping

meet suggests a just proportioning.

meet payment

proper suggests a suitability through essential nature or accordance with custom.

proper acknowledgement

appropriate implies eminent or distinctive fitness.

an appropriate gift

fitting implies harmony of mood or tone.

a fitting end

apt connotes a fitness marked by nicety and discrimination.

apt quotations

happy suggests what is effectively or successfully appropriate.

a happy choice of words

felicitous suggests an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful.

a felicitous phrase

Example Sentences

The dress was a suitable choice. We upgraded the computer to make it suitable to our needs.
Recent Examples on the Web This family-friendly musical is suitable for all ages. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 19 Nov. 2022 This projector provides a variety of snowflake designs, and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 17 Nov. 2022 The doll is suitable for ages 3+ and makes the perfect gift for any of your small loved ones. Jacorey Moon, Good Housekeeping, 15 Nov. 2022 This particular Biossance serum has top ingredients for skin hydration and firmness, squalane and copper peptides, and the light blue formula (a color created by the peptides) quickly sinks into the skin and is suitable for all skin types. Sarah Byron, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 The study, which can be viewed at, was initially completed to determine if a dolomite well was suitable for the area. Quinn Clark, Journal Sentinel, 9 Nov. 2022 While the bank offers many different financial products, its consumer checking account is tailored to those in the trucking industry, which is not likely to be suitable for all types of customers. Mia Taylor, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2022 Much has been said about dilapidated arenas that are no longer suitable for hosting matches. Meron Demisse, Quartz, 27 Oct. 2022 Performances in nightclubs and brunches meant for adults may not be suitable for children, while other events, such as drag story hours, are tailored for children and therefore contain milder language and dress. Jeff Mcmillan, Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of suitable was in 1563

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Cite this Entry

“Suitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



suit·​able ˈsüt-ə-bəl How to pronounce suitable (audio)
: adapted to a use or purpose
food suitable for human consumption
: being fit or right for a use or group
clothes suitable to the occasion
a movie suitable for children
: qualified sense 1, capable
looking for a suitable replacement
suitability noun
suitably adverb

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