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Can you use both words as synonyms? Or only in some cases? Or do they have completely different meanings?

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  • According to online cambridge dictionary, both unsuited and unsuitable are adjectives. Usage: unsuited: Liberman realized Kurt was unsuited to office life, but offered him a contract anyway. unsuitable: The software blocks material that is unsuitable for children. – Sandeep Chatterjee Feb 28 '15 at 18:43
  • @Sandeep Presumably Liberman is ill-suited to office life because he always comes in unsuited, wearing jeans and a t-shirt … – Janus Bahs Jacquet Feb 28 '15 at 20:01
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    I'd say if John is unsuitable for the job, that probably means it's an issue for his employers that he's not the right man for the job. But if he's unsuited to it, that's more likely to mean John himself isn't comfortable in the job (and therefore probably doesn't perform well in that position, but that's just a further inference). – FumbleFingers Feb 28 '15 at 21:37
  • @FumbleFingers, I agree. – David Garner Mar 1 '15 at 11:34
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UNSUITED:

          (1) Not suited to a given purpose 

UNSUITABLE:

        (1) Not suited to a given purpose.

        (2) Not suited to circumstances.

Unsuited and Unsuitable are SYNONYMS only in the context of (1) as mentioned in

http://thesaurus.yourdictionary.com/unsuited

http://thesaurus.yourdictionary.com/unsuitable

USAGE AS ADJECTIVES:

(1) Unsuited to/for

unsuited (to/for something) unsuited (to do something) not having the right or necessary qualities for something

  • He is unsuited to academic work.
  • She was totally unsuited for the job.

if two people are unsuited to each other they do not have the same interests, etc. and are therefore not likely to make a good couple

(2) Unsuitable for

  • These shoes are unsuitable for walking
  • The man is unsuitable for the post

CLEAR EXAMPLE:

You can say:

He is unsuitable for the post

He is unsuited for the post

You can say:

The film is unsuitable for children

You can't say:

The film is unsuited for children

DETAILED USAGE WITH EXAMPLES: Please refer below:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/unsuited

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/unsuitable

Hope that helps :-D

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