- 1Just good enough to be acceptable; satisfactory: he spoke passable EnglishMore example sentences
adequate, all right, fairly good, acceptable, sufficiently good, sufficient, satisfactory, moderately good, not (too) bad, average, tolerable, fair, decent, respectable, presentable, admissible, allowable; mediocre, middling, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, workaday, indifferent, unremarkable, undistinguished, unexceptional• informal OK, so-so, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, no great shakes, not up to much, not much cop, bog-standard, vanilla, plain vanillaNew Zealand • informal half-pie
- For your information, I thought it was perfectly passable, and nasty enough, without being too scary.
- In her opinion, her looks were passable enough to be called pretty.
- His face was not much to look at - certainly not handsome, but passable enough.
- 2(Of a route or road) clear of obstacles and able to be travelled on: the road was passable with careMore example sentences
- A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said Whitby and Scarborough were the worst hit areas but all main roads were passable with care.
- By last night the force said most roads were passable with care.
- In Elvington, there was serious flooding but roads were passable with care.
late Middle English: from Old French, from passer 'to pass'.