(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.

enforceable (adjective), more enforceable, most enforceable
Subject to the compelling observance of something: During the Corona pandemic, the wearing of nose and mouth masks in buses is enforceable according to the law in Germany.
enjoyable (adjective), more enjoyable, most enjoyable
Worthy of providing pleasure: Both Jim and Mary had an enjoyable and great weekend camping in the woods.
enumerable (adjective), more enumerable, most enumerable
A reference to that which can be determined by counting: The enumerable amount of Maribel's student loan was calculated and she was trying to make arrangements for repaying it as soon as she could get a job.
enviable (adjective), more enviable, most enviable
1. Relating to the pleasure of being very desirable: Shirley has an enviable reputation for honesty.
2. Conveying feelings of being wanted: This company is in the enviable position of having no real competitors.

When someone is in an enviable situation, others wish that they were also in that status.

equable (adjective), more equable, most equable
1. Descriptive of someone who is very calm and not easily disturbed or angered: Milly is an equable mother even when her children misbehave and fight with each other.
2. Pertaining to something which does not vary or fluctuate very much: The equable climate where Jane lives is very steady with mild and comfortable temperatures.
Relating to being tranquil and not easily upset.
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equable, equitable
equable (EK wuh buhl, EE kwuh buhl) (adjective)
Descriptive of a person's character which lacks in extreme variation or difference: Justine demonstrated a calm, unruffled and an equable temper despite the circumstances.
equitable (EK wi tuh buhl) (adjective)
Fairness, pertaining to a lack in favoritism: Jackson's mother was always just, unswayed and equitable with distributing treats and discipline.

Vince's equable temperament made it easy for him to act in an equitable manner during the tense union negotiations.

equitable (adjective), more equitable, most equitable
1. Implying justice, fairness, and impartiality toward those involved; just and right; fair; reasonable: In her biology class at school, Jane worked with others in a group and they all wanted to have an equitable share in the credit given by the teacher.
2. Disposed to the applicability of the law of equity as distinguished from common or statute law: The judge recognized the equitable fairness of the claim made by the young man.
eradicable (adjective), more eradicable, most eradicable
1. Able to destroy completely: The memories of her father were never eradicable from Jane's mind and she thought of him day after day.

The group of friends were wondering if such diseases as malaria and tetanus would ever be eradicable in the world.
2. Subject to being uprooted: The weeds in Jane's garden were eradicable, but it took many days to accomplish the task!

estimable (adjective), more estimable, most estimable
1. Worthy of receiving high regard or admiration: The young teacher proved to be quite estimable and was valued by all of the staff in school.
2. Able to be assessed or calculated: Before their trip, Jim figured out the estimable distance to the next campground.
evadable (adjective), more evadable, most evadable
1. Inclined to getting away or slipping away: Little Timmy tried to be evadable when his mother was looking for him in his room!
2. Prone to escaping by deceit or cleverness: The culprit was always evadable when the police tried to catch him because he always eluded and dodged them!
3. Disposed to avoiding giving direct answers: When Mrs. Timmons asked her son why he had been out so late, he usually gave her evadable explanations which were always quite vague.
evaporable (adjective), more evaporable, most evaporable
Descriptive of that which can change or cause to change from a liquid or solid state to a mist or steam: There are certain evaporable fluids that can be turned into a more concentrated residue which remains after the evaporation process has taken place.
evitable (adjective), more evitable, most evitable
Pertaining to anything that can be avoided or prevented: The police investigator declared that the damage done when Markus drove into the back of a woman's car was an evitable accident and that if he had been paying attention he could have kept it from happening.
evocable (adjective), more evocable, most evocable
1. Pertaining to something which can be brought to mind, such as a memory or feeling, especially from the past: Herald's evocable childhood memories were intensified when he looked at the family's picture album.
2. A reference to a situation that can cause a reaction or a special feeling about something or someone: Traveling through the Mojave Desert was quite evocable because Ginny remembered quite well the times when she camped out there with her family when she was a child.
evolvable (adjective), more evolvable, most evolvable
1. Able for animals or flora to change over time and thrive into various forms: The evocable plants in Jim's greenhouse produced many different and beautiful flowers.
2. Capable of disclosing or unfolding: The methods used in teaching in schools have proved to be evolvable due to the development and use of computers.
exceptionable (adjective), more exceptionable, most exceptionable
Liable to create or provoke objection, or disapproval; objectionable: Of all of Tom's essays, the last one was exceptionable because his teacher was sure he had copied much of it from the internet.