-able

(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.

deportable (adjective), more deportable, most deportable
Subject to or punishable by being exiled; being ordered to leave a specific location: Henry's deportable status as an illegal immigrant was in the process of being appealed by his lawyer in court.
deprivable (adjective)
1. Capable of being, or liable to be, deprived of something.
2. Liable to be deposed; such as, a king.
derivable (adjective), more derivable, most derivable
1. Relating to that which may be drawn, or received, as from some source.
2. A reference to anything that can be received from ancestors: A derivable estate often comes from a relative.
describable (adjective), more describable, most describable
Pertaining to an account of something when details of its characteristics are available.
designable (adjective)
desirable (adjective)
Worth having or doing.
desirable, desirable, desirous
desirable (di ZIGHR uh b'l) (noun)
Referring to something which a person wants: Irving would find it desirable right now to have a drink of water.
desirable (di ZIGHR uh b'l) (adjective)
Something which is pleasing or valuable: Diamonds are considered a desirable investment.
desirous (di ZIGHR uhs) (adjective)
Characterized by a wish to have something: Jana was desirous of making a good impression during the job interview.

Wendy is desirous of acquiring that desirable piece of property down by the river.

despicable (adjective), more despicable, most despicable
A reference to being vile, contemptible, and deserving to be despised: The soldier was considered by those who knew him to be a despicable traitor.
Mean and vile and deserving contempt.
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destroyable (adjective), more destroyable, most destroyable
1. Capable of reducing (an object) to useless fragments, a useless form, or remains, as by rending, burning, or dissolving.
2. That which can be injured beyond repair or renewal; demolished; ruined; or annihilated: "The house proved to be destroyable as was shown by the results of the tornado."
detectable (adjective), more detectable, most detectable
determinable (adjective), more determinable, most determinable
1. Pertaining to something that can be exactly defined, described, measured, etc.: The velocity of the wind is a determinable factor which is important for airline pilots to recognize.
2. A reference to the ability to firmly decide or to definitely ascertain something: A readily determinable market value was provided by Mr. Stevens, the economist.
detestable (adjective), more detestable, most detestable
1. Pertaining to causing or deserving intense dislike.
2. Relating to inspiring abhorrence or scorn.
3. Referring to what elicits or deserves strong dislike, distaste, or revulsion.
devitrification, devitrifiable
1. The act or process of devitrifying, or the state of being devitrified; specifically, the conversion of molten glassy matter into a stony mass by slow cooling, the result being the formation of crystallites, microbites, etc, in the glassy base, which are then called devitrification products.
2. The process whereby glass becomes partly crystallized as it cools (usually too slowly) from the molten state.
3. The crystals formed by this process.

Devitrification may also occur on the surface as a result of unsuccessful annealing* or accidental heating to a high temperature. It is not caused by chemical reaction between glass and its environment, which is known as weathering.

*Annealing refers to the process of slowly cooling a completed object in an auxiliary part of a glass furnace, or in a separate furnace.

This is an integral part of glassmaking because if a hot glass object is allowed to cool too quickly, it will be highly strained by the time it reaches room temperature; indeed, it may break as it cools. Highly strained glasses break easily if subjected to mechanical or thermal shock.

diminishable (adjective), more diminishable, most diminishable
1. Relating to something that can be reduced in size or quantity.
2. Descriptive of anything that is decreased.
disagreeable (adjective), more disagreeable, most disagreeable