from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being suitable, in any sense.

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  • noun uncountable The state or quality of being suitable, adapted or accommodated; suitability; fitness; propriety; agreeableness.
  • noun countable The result of being suitable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the quality of having the properties that are right for a specific purpose


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  • My head of department sometimes makes neutral or complimentary comments on my clothes suitableness of shirt colour, that kind of thing and I find it, not exactly inappropriate, but a bit odd.

    I have a blog so I don't have to think for myself StyleyGeek 2008

  • Moreover, the modern argument in favor of the supernatural origin of the Christian religion, drawn from its suitableness to our needs and its divine response to our aspirations, must be admitted by every candid person resorting to it to be of exactly equal force in the mouth of a Mahometan or a fire-worshipper or an astrolater.

    Voltaire 2007

  • The judge shall consider and determine the suitableness or unsuitableness of age in marriage; he shall make an inspection of the males naked, and of the women naked down to the navel.

    Laws 2006

  • Even the remnant of Attica which now exists may compare with any region in the world for the variety and excellence of its fruits and the suitableness of its pastures to every sort of animal, which proves what I am saying; but in those days the country was fair as now and yielded far more abundant produce.

    Critias 2006

  • When they see a pretty woman, and feel the delicious madness of love coming over them, they always stop to calculate her temper, her money, their own money, or suitableness for the married life ....

    Mens Wives 2006

  • That form out of which the life and suitableness have departed, should be as worthless in its eyes as the dead leaves that are falling around us.

    Uncollected Prose 2006

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  • Indeed, as I have already shown, the suitableness of the climate for this purpose directly attracted the attention of the first arrivals, and as a consequence the vine was actually planted a few years after the discovery of Australia.

    The Art of Living in Australia 2004

  • One enjoyment was certain — that of suitableness of companions; a suitableness which comprehended health and temper to bear inconveniences — cheerfulness to enhance every pleasure — and affection and intelligence, which might supply it among themselves if there were disappointments abroad.

    Pride and Prejudice 2004

  • For example, the art of gymnastic considers not only the suitableness of different modes of training to different bodies (2), but what sort is absolutely the best (1); (for the absolutely best must suit that which is by nature best and best furnished with the means of life), and also what common form of training is adapted to the great majority of men (4).

    Politics Aristotle 2002


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