adjective Date: 1581 1. obsolete similar, matching 2. a. adapted to a use or purpose <
suitable for kitchen use
b. satisfying propriety ; proper <
suitable dress
c. able, qualified <
a suitable candidate for the job
Synonyms: see fitsuitability nounsuitableness nounsuitably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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