(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.
2. A break in the continuity of something.
3. A passage of time.
4. A failure to exercise a right within a specified period of time, e.g., the failure to buy a property before the termination of an option to buy.
5. To become null and void through disuse, negligence, or death.
6. To decline in value, quality, or conduct.
2. Worthy of high praise.
The laudable result of the students at the Junior Science Fair was reflected in the laudatory comments which the school principal made.
2. Related to being at risk of or subject to experiencing or suffering something unpleasant.
3. Descriptive of being used as an unfavorable outcome: In such weather, transportation is liable to be delayed.
4. Etymology: "bound or obliged by law", from Anglo-French liable, from Old French lier, "to bind"; from Latin ligare, "to bind, to tie".
2. Describing a person who is legally responsible for something: Jack said, "Ronda, you are liable for the repayment of your bank loan."
3. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; chargeable; answerable; compelled to make satisfaction, compensation, or restitution: Borrowers are liable for the repayment for any loans they make with financial institutions.
The husband and wife were told that they were liable for their debts to the store.
Bryan lost his job on the basis of slander brought against him by a fellow worker.
The foreman was informed that he would be liable for any damage that was done to the reputation of the factory as the result of any libel or slander that was spread during the strike.
2. Having the characteristics of metal being beaten out into a thin plate: The antique tray receptacle in the museum appeared to be a piece of malleable metal.
3. Characterized by being fashioned, influenced, or adapted to situations or mental challenges: As a teacher, Hans was always amazed at the malleable minds and personalities of his students.
The teachers were striving to develop a malleable plan that would serve to develop the "malleability" of the minds of their pupils.
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2. Descriptive of something offered for sale: When Susan went to the shops, she noticed that they had a lot of interesting and attractive marketable produce, like fruit, meat, cheeses, flowers, and honey!