What does suitable mean?

Definitions for suitable
ˈsu tə bəlsuit·able

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word suitable.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. suitable, suitedadjective

    meant or adapted for an occasion or use

    "a tractor suitable (or fit) for heavy duty"; "not an appropriate (or fit) time for flippancy"

  2. desirable, suitable, worthyadjective

    worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse

    "the parents found the girl suitable for their son"


  1. suitableadjective

    Having sufficient or the required properties for a certain purpose or task; appropriate to a certain occasion.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Suitableadjective

    Fitting; according with; agreeable to.

    Etymology: from suit.

    Through all those miseries, in both there appeared a kind of nobleness not suitable to that affliction. Philip Sidney.

    What he did purpose, it was the pleasure of God that Solomon his son should perform, in manner suitable to their present and ancient state. Richard Hooker.

    To solemn acts of royalty and justice, their suitable ornaments are a beauty; are they only in religion a stain? Hook.

    It is very suitable to the principles of the Roman Church; for why should not their science as well as service be in an unknown tongue? John Tillotson.

    As the blessings of God upon his honest industry had been great, so he was not without intentions of making suitable returns in acts of charity. Francis Atterbury.

    Expression is the dress of thought, and still
    Appears more decent, as more suitable;
    A vile conceit in pompous words express’d,
    Is like a clown in regal purple dress’d. Alexander Pope.


  1. suitable

    Suitable refers to something that is right or appropriate for a particular person, purpose, or situation. It describes something that fulfills certain requirements, fits well into a certain context or meets certain standards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suitableadjective

    capable of suiting; fitting; accordant; proper; becoming; agreeable; adapted; as, ornaments suitable to one's station; language suitable for the subject

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Suitable

    sūt′a-bl, adj. that suits: fitting: agreeable to: adequate.—ns. Suitabil′ity, Suit′ableness.—adv. Suit′ably.

Editors Contribution

  1. suitable

    Appropriate for a specific purpose.

    The numbers were suitable for a wedding of their choice, they had lots of friends across various continents.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suitable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1686

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suitable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2452

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suitable' in Adjectives Frequency: #215

How to pronounce suitable?

How to say suitable in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suitable in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suitable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of suitable in a Sentence

  1. Osmond Chan:

    It's different from ethnic costumes like the kimono and hanbok, as cheongsam has a highly flexible design, elements like dress length, different materials and different levels of complexity make dresses suitable for a variety of occasions.

  2. Pragmatist Rouhani:

    The Supreme National security Council will closely monitor the other party regarding fulfilling its commitments ... We will make appropriate decision for suitable reaction as well.

  3. Melanie Newman:

    The attorneys representing the board have made every good-faith effort to amicably part from Dr. Wen, and are disappointed that they have been unable to reach a suitable resolution regarding her exit package.

  4. Kazumasa Hironaka:

    We judged that the current asset size is suitable to maintain the link between the ETFs' price and index, considering the balance with trading volume of futures.

  5. Siegfried Muresan:

    We are granting the EIB the capacity to invest in Iran if suitable projects are found, the Iran deal is good for Europe's security.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for suitable

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for suitable »


Find a translation for the suitable definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"suitable." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 20 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/suitable>.

Discuss these suitable definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for suitable? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a preacher of the Christian gospel
    A ditch
    B elan
    C evangelist
    D secession

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for suitable: