(Latin: a suffix; expressing capacity, fitness to do that which can be handled or managed, suitable skills to accomplish something; capable of being done, something which can be finished, etc.)
A suffix that forms adjectives. The suffix -ible has related meanings; expressing ability, capacity, fitness; capable of, fit for, able to be done, can be done, inclined to, tending to, given to.
This list is only a small sample of the thousands of -able words that exist in English.
1. That which can be — ed: Enjoyable = that which can be enjoyed.
2. Giving —; suitable for —: Comfortable = giving comfort.
3. Inclined to — ed: Peaceable = inclined to peace.
4. Deserving to be — ed: Lovable = deserving to be loved.
5. Liable to be — ed: Breakable = liable to be broken.
The antiquated system of managing public transportation is an abolishable system so it should be replaced.
Nathan had the abominable habit of chewing his fingernails in public.2. Extremely unpleasant or of very bad quality, or very unpleasant to experience: The abominable food that was served in the restaurant tasted terrible and Jim told the manager that he could be sure that he and his wife would never go there again.
The abominable weather during the summer was the worst that people had experienced in a long time.3. A bad omen; nasty and disgusting; vile; loathsome: The flood included abominable sewerage that was flowing into the basements and ground floor rooms of the houses.
4. A statement that describes something that is deplorable, shocking, or awful: That the homeless were forced out of the shelter this winter was an abominable decision.
5. Etymology: derived from Latin abominari, "to detest something as an ill omen".
From the 14th until the 17th century, the word was spelled abhominable because people thought it came from the Latin phrase ab homine, meaning "away from man", and so, "inhuman, beastly".
Between the 14th and the 17th centuries, abominable was often spelled abhominable, because of a widely held belief that it was derived from Latin ab hominem; literally, "away from humankind", therefore "unnatural, beastly". Shakespeare puns on this sense when Hamlet speaks of incompetent actors who "imitate humanity abominably."
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2. Able to make weary through constant irritation; to wear down spiritually.
2. Capable of being explained; explicable; explainable.
2. The ability to adapt or to conform to a situation; such as, as to new conditions or a different environment.
3. Capable of being modified; such as, adjustable seat belts.
4. Regarding loans, mortgages, etc.; having a flexible rate, as one based on money market interest rates or on the rate of inflation or cost of living.
2. Inspiring approval and admiration: The TV documentary did a more admirable job of showing what actually happened than what the government reports did.