Definition of -able in English:


Syllabification: -able
Pronunciation: /əbəl


  • Forming adjectives meaning:
  • 1Able to be: calculable
  • 2Due to be: payable
  • 3Subject to: taxable
  • 4Relevant to or in accordance with: fashionable
  • 5Having the quality to: suitable comfortable


from French -able or Latin -abilis, adjectival endings; originally found in words only from these forms but later used to form adjectives directly from English verbs ending in -ate, e.g., educable from educate. The unrelated able has probably influenced terms such as bearable, salable.

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