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[soo-tuh-buh l] /ˈsu tə bəl/
such as to suit; appropriate; fitting; becoming.
Origin of suitable
First recorded in 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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  • These give a wide range to the wood-carver, for all borders are suitable to frames.

    A Manual of Wood Carving Charles G. Leland
  • I kept a lookout for a suitable place to moor the steamer to the shore.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • It only required restoration, to make it a suitable residence.

  • She was quite sick, and the rough house on the raft was not a suitable place for her.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
  • Altogether he is a delightful, cultured man and a suitable head for the Republic.

    Haiti J. Dryden Kuser
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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