-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.

exceptionable, exceptional
exceptionable (ik SEP shuh nuh buhl) (adjective)
Describing something liable to be objectionable or offensive: The teachers attempted to censor the disgusting or exceptionable passages in the new novel assigned to the students.
exceptional (ik SEP shuh nuhl) (adjective)
Pertaining to a condition differing from the norm, either better than average or worse than average: There was an exceptional amount of rain in the summer and, as a result, the rivers ran very high.

The exceptional remark made by the politician was deemed exceptionable by the electoral committee.

excitable (adjective), more excitable, most excitable
1. A reference to the ability to quickly respond to stimuli: "Human bodies have excitable nerves and tissues that can respond to various stimuli."
2. Characterized by an emotional condition that is characterized an impulsive or poorly controlled behavior: "Aurora had an excitable reaction when she heard that her friend died in an auto accident."
excludable (adjective)
excommunicable (adjective), more excommunicable; most excommunicable
A reference to an individual who has been formally removed from membership of a church or an organization because of an infraction of the rules of membership: "The men committed an excommunicable offense by smoking in the lounge of the NON-SMOKING SOCIETY."
excoriable (adjective)
Capable of being excoriated.
excusable (adjective)
execrable (adjective), more execrable, most execrable
1. Extremely bad or of very low quality: Isaac's cousin has execrable taste when it comes to clothes.
2. A reference to something that deserves to be abhorred or loathed: Henrietta's execrable behavior during the party was disgusting; probably, as a result of drinking too much wine.
3. Etymology: from Latin execrabilis, exsecrabilis, from execrari, exsecrari, "to curse" or "to wish something awful, evil, or a misfortune will fall on someone or some group"; from ex-, "out of, from" + sacare, "to set apart as sacred, to consecrate"; from the stem of sacer, "holy, sacred".
Very bad or extremely inferior.
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Detestable or wretched.
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Utterly bad or terrible.
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exercisable (adjective)
exhalable (adjective)
1. That which can be exhaled or breathed out.
2. Capable of being evaporated.
exorable (adjective)
1. Capable of being moved by entreaty; pitiful; tender.
2. Etymology: from Latin exorabilis, "easily moved by entreaty"; from exorare, "to move by entreaty, to persuade"; from ex-, "out, away" and orare, "to pray".
expendable (adjective), more expendable, most expendable
1. Relating to anything or anyone that is not worth keeping and can be easily replaced: There are apparently some employees who have expendable jobs in the local company because they are being laid off.
2. A reference to something that is meant to be used and thrown away: While getting ready to move away to a new residence, Ted was getting rid of a lot of expendable things that his family had no further need for.
Not essential to keep.
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expiable (adjective)
explainable (adjective)
explicable (adjective)
explorable (adjective)
That which can be explored; such as, an explorable region.