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seasonable

[see-zuh-nuh-buhl]
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adjective
  1. suitable to or characteristic of the season: seasonable weather.
  2. timely; opportune: a seasonable suggestion.
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Origin of seasonable

First recorded in 1350–1400, seasonable is from the Middle English word sesounable. See season, -able
Related formssea·son·a·ble·ness, nounsea·son·a·bly, adverbnon·sea·son·a·ble, adjectivenon·sea·son·a·ble·ness, nounnon·sea·son·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedseasonable seasonal (see usage note at seasonal)

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Usage note

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Related Words for seasonable

apropos, apt, auspicious, convenient, favorable, fit, opportune, pertinent, propitious, prosperous, relevant, suitable, welcome, well-timed, providential, seasonal, timeous, towardly

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Historical Examples of seasonable

  • The interruption was seasonable, for the bell had nearly rung itself out.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Here Agesilaus distinguished himself by an invention as seasonable as it was simple.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • The gathering clouds did not prove simply a seasonable warning.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

  • "Most seasonable advice, certainly, in our circumstances," said the Major.

  • For Man, I trust, this quickening word is yet seasonable; for Venice it is too late.

    Glances at Europe

    Horace Greeley


British Dictionary definitions for seasonable

seasonable

adjective
  1. suitable for the season
  2. taking place at the appropriate time
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Derived Formsseasonableness, nounseasonably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for seasonable

adj.

"suitable as to the time or season," late 14c., from season (n.) + -able. Related: Seasonably; seasonableness.

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