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Suitably Small

/sü-tə-bəl-lē smȯl/

[perverted from mathematical jargon]

adj. An expression used ironically to characterize unquantifiable behavior that differs from expected or required behavior. For example, suppose a newly created program came up with a correct full-screen display, and one publicly exclaimed: "It works!" Then, if the program dumps core on the first mouse click, one might add: "Well, for suitably small values of 'works'."

Compare the characterization of pi under random numbers.