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-able meaning

  • /-ə-bl/
      adj sfx
    1. Combining with verbs to convey any of various passive senses (now the chief use as a living suffix), such as ‘capable of being’, ‘able to be’, ‘worthy of being’, ‘likely to be’, ‘that must be’
    2. Combining with verbs to convey any of various active senses, such as ‘capable of’, ‘able to’, ‘worthy of’, ‘suitable to’, ‘likely to’
    3. Combining with nouns to convey such meanings as ‘worthy of’, ‘suitable for’, ‘in accordance with’, ‘causing’. See also -ible
      ORIGIN: OFr, from L -ābilis, from -bilis as used with a 1st-conjugation verb
  • able:    Adjective: able (a ...
  • not able:    [American slang]Se ...
  • able rating:    , able-bodied seam ...

Related Words

  1. *lisp meaning
  2. *mod meaning
  3. , meaning
  4. , much meaning
  5. -ability meaning
  6. -ably meaning
  7. -acea meaning
  8. -aceae meaning
  9. -aceous meaning
  10. -ad meaning
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