Definition of suitable in English:



  • Right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation.

    ‘these toys are not suitable for children under five’
    • ‘From this she can assess which skin areas to focus on and also whether the treatment is suitable.’
    • ‘Finding good sites in suitable locations at realistic prices is a further problem.’
    • ‘After all, what's more suitable than a nice pair of trainers to help you keep on running?’
    • ‘If it is is not suitable for other uses it will be put on the open market for public auction.’
    • ‘I'm not a fan so I don't know if this will outrage fans or be suitable homage to the series.’
    • ‘A doctor also advised that the bed was neither necessary nor suitable for the couple.’
    • ‘About a year ago we started to hunt around for shows which were suitable for children and adults.’
    • ‘Entries can only be returned if a suitable stamped addressed envelope is enclosed.’
    • ‘It may be possible to predict which troops are, and are not, suitable for deployment.’
    • ‘Their task is to make it suitable for children and comply with Ofsted regulations.’
    • ‘It has been agreed that a bed and breakfast would not be suitable in this case.’
    • ‘Lots of fish are suitable, including salmon and trout, but my favourite is sea bass.’
    • ‘The site is said to be suitable as an industrial distribution warehouse or service yard.’
    • ‘This road has never been suitable for speed, nor has there ever been a major accident of any kind.’
    • ‘A suitable donor has been found and will be called in if the operation goes ahead.’
    • ‘It will have to be taped though I am not sure how suitable it is for a five-year-old.’
    • ‘Just because something is already there does not make it suitable for the purpose.’
    • ‘It immediately relieves dry skin, is unperfumed and is suitable for all types of skin.’
    • ‘The job has been advertised but so far it has not produced a suitable candidate.’
    • ‘The big supermarkets could do more to suggest suitable wine and food partnerships.’
    acceptable, satisfactory, fit, worthy, fitting
    appropriate, fitting, fit, fitted, acceptable, apt, right
    appropriate to, suited to, befitting, congruous with, in keeping with, in character with, tailor-made, custom-made
    proper, seemly, decent, apt, appropriate, fitting, befitting, becoming, right, correct, due, worthy, decorous
    well qualified, well suited, competent, capable, able
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Late 16th century: from the verb suit, on the pattern of agreeable.