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[soo-tuh-buh l] /ˈsu tə bəl/
such as to suit; appropriate; fitting; becoming.
1505-15; suit + -able
Related forms
suitability, suitableness, noun
suitably, adverb
presuitability, noun
presuitable, adjective
presuitably, adverb
proper, befitting, seemly, apt. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for suitable
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  • Other amphibian species also will become vulnerable or threatened, lacking a way to reach a more suitable habitat.
  • Conclusion: suitable habitat-not seed dispersal-determines a species' range.
  • Recovering the bounty is a job suitable only for a robot.
  • It had been suitable enough for the livery-car driver who owned it.
  • Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified.
  • As long, that is, as you can find a suitable source of cold.
  • Curators will review your submission and will promote suitable content to trusted status.
British Dictionary definitions for suitable


/ˈsuːtəbəl; ˈsjuːt-/
appropriate; proper; fit
Derived Forms
suitability, suitableness, noun
suitably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for suitable

1580s, from suit + -able. Earlier suit-like (1560s); suitly (mid-15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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