Definitions for -able

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•bleˈeɪ bəl(adj.)a•bler, a•blest.

  1. having the necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications to do something:

    able to read music; not able to vote.

  2. having or showing unusual talent, intelligence, skill, or knowledge:

    an able leader.

Origin of able:

1275–1325; ME < MF < L habilis easy to handle, adaptable =hab(ēre) to have, hold +-ilis -ile1


  1. a suffix meaning “capable of, susceptible of, fit for, tending to, given to,” associated in meaning with the word able , occurring in loanwords from Latin (laudable); used in English to form adjectives from stems of any origin (teachable; photographable).

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -ble, 1 -ible.

Origin of -able:

ME < OF < L -ābilis


  1. -able(Suffix)

    An adjective suffix, now usually in a passive sense; forms adjectives meaning possible, or fit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. -able

    an adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable


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