(Latin: suffix; expressing ability, capacity, fitness, or "that which may be easily handled or managed")

Just a few examples out of hundreds of words presented as the noun forms of -able; forming nouns of quality from, or corresponding to, adjectives in -able; the quality in an agent that makes an action possible. The suffix -ible has related meanings.

availability (s) (noun) (no plural)
Being at hand when needed: "Han's availability when the supervisor asked him to go to visit the ill patient was greatly appreciated."

"The availability of affordable housing attracted Mike and his family to the town."

bioavailability (s) (noun), bioavailabilities (pl)
1. The physiological accessibility of a given amount of a drug, as distinct from its chemical potency; proportion of the administered dose which is absorbed into the bloodstream: "The local veterinarian was conscious of the bioavailability of the medications which were prescribed for the horses."
2. The degree to which a drug is in place throughout the body and is ready for action at the desired receptor sites: "After receiving an injection, the doctor advised the patient to rest while she monitored the bioavailability of the medication."
3. The extent to which a nutrient or medication can be used by a person: "In order to adjust the medications properly, the doctor monitored the bioavailability of the medication that was prescribed for the patient."

"Bioavailability is used to determine whether different brand-name drugs, a generic name as opposed to a brand-name drug, or, in some cases, different batches of the same brand name drug, will produce the same therapeutic effects."

The quality of being readily digested or broken down chemically by organisms in the environment.
biodegradable (adjective)
1. Anything that is susceptible to the decomposing action of living organisms, especially of bacteria; which are occasionally broken down by biochemical processes in the body.
2. Denoting a substance that can be chemically degraded or decomposed by natural processes (for example: weather, soil bacteria, plants, animals) without harming the environment. Also, biodeterioration.
3. Describing organic compounds that are able to be decomposed by bacteria and other micro-organisms; such as, the constituents of sewage, as compared with non-biodegradable compounds; such as, most plastics.
capability (s) (noun), capabilities (pl)
The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a particular purpose.
cognizability (s) (noun), cognizabilities (pl)
1. The possibility for others to recognize or to know someone.
2. The ability to have knowledge or understanding.
combustion instability
1. The instability or abnormality in the combustion of fuel, which may occur in a rocket engine.
2. The irregular combustion of fuel or propellant in a jet or rocket engine.
3. A combustion that may display undesired instabilities of a sudden or periodic nature.
communicability (s) (noun), communicabilities (pl)
The process by which data, disease, etc. can be transmitted from one location to another: The epidemiologist studied the communicability of a recently discovered virus.
computability (s) (noun), computabilities (pl)
1. The ability to determine by calculation or reckoning.
2. That which can be computed or estimated by using a computer or calculator.
Anything that can be hidden, withdrawn or removed from observation, covered up, or kept out of sight.
construability (s) (noun), construabilities (pl)
1. Having the ability to interpret the meaning of something.
2. Capable of discovering by inference or deducing.
3. Being able to analyze the grammatical structure of or to parse language; especially, a Latin or Greek text prior to translation.
credibility (s) (noun), credibilities (pl)
1. The ability to inspire belief or trust: Andre's story about why he was so late in coming home last evening had enough credibility to convince his parents that he was telling the truth.
2. A willingness to accept something as true, believable, or plausible: The financial scandal damaged the credibility of the politician as an honest and and trustworthy candidate.
Worthiness of belief or trustworthiness.
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Being worthy of acceptance or belief.
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creditability (s) (noun), creditabilities (pl)
Something that is worthy of limited praise: The student's efforts with the test; although not outstanding, it still had some creditability.