Definition of passable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːsəb(ə)l/


1Just good enough to be acceptable; satisfactory: he spoke passable English
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  • 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.
adequate, all right, fairly good, acceptable, sufficiently good, sufficient, satisfactory, moderately good, not (too) bad, average, tolerable, fair, decent, respectable, presentable, admissible, allowable;
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 vanilla
New Zealand informal half-pie
2(Of a route or road) clear of obstacles and able to be travelled on: the road was passable with care
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  • 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'.

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