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[uhn-soo-tuh-buh l] /ʌnˈsu tə bəl/
not suitable; inappropriate; unfitting; unbecoming.
Origin of unsuitable
First recorded in 1580-90; un-1 + suitable
Related forms
unsuitability, unsuitableness, noun
unsuitably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unsuitable
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  • I speak, of course, in ignorance of the details, and they may be unsuitable on both sides.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • It was the point of view which was unsuitable, not the meaning which was absent!

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • We cannot use the cotton, as it is unsuitable for our hosiery yarns.

    Bremen Cotton Exchange Andreas Wilhelm Cramer
  • Now every melody is right when it has suitable harmony and rhythm, and wrong when unsuitable.

    Laws Plato
  • Young man, you have chosen an unsuitable place to cut your jokes!'

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
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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