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Supposedly vs. Supposably


[soo-tuh-buh l] /ˈsu tə bəl/
such as to suit; appropriate; fitting; becoming.
Origin of suitable
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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  • When they reached the river, they put the palki down and went to look for a suitably deep pool.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • There was also a proviso that the infants should be taught 'suitably to their age.'

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • He received what she said with suitably impressed eyebrow and nods of considerate assent.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • But to relieve your mind, I've not yet decided how I can entertain you most suitably.

    The Affair of the Brains Anthony Gilmore
  • And with a little nod she ran off before her indignant cousin could frame a suitably crushing reply to her Parthian insinuation.

British Dictionary definitions for suitably


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

1570s, from suitable + -ly (2).



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

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