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[uhn-soo-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈsu tə bəl/
not suitable; inappropriate; unfitting; unbecoming.
Origin of unsuitable
1580-90; un-1 + suitable
Related forms
unsuitability, unsuitableness, noun
unsuitably, adverb Unabridged
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  • And these must be qualified by the remark that what is suitable for one sort of composition may be unsuitable for another.
  • Many undergraduates and graduates look good on paper but turn out to be utterly unsuitable for a science career.
  • However, the network doesn't support fast data transfers, making it unsuitable for smart phones.
  • Nor does it provide us with any guidelines for controlling unsuitable behavior or refining the behavior in some way.
  • Material containing poisonous elements such as arsenic is unsuitable for smelting because of the risk of pollution.
  • He also suggests that raw materials could be grown on marginal land which is unsuitable for food production.
  • But these networks' public nature makes them unsuitable for exchanging sensitive corporate material-and probably those photos too.
  • Commercial switches have various problems that make them unsuitable for rerouting entangled photons.
  • However, scientists inserted the genes using viruses, making the cells unsuitable for human use.
  • Most have serious flaws, such as low yield or susceptibility to diseases, that make them unsuitable for widespread use.
British Dictionary definitions for unsuitable


/ʌnˈsuːtəbəl; ʌnˈsjuːt-/
not appropriate, suitable, or fit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unsuitable

1590s, from un- (1) "not" + suitable. Related: Unsuitably; unsuitability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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