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.
, more opinionable, most opinionable
Capable of having a thought or view about something or someone: Joan's cousin was a very opinionable person and uttered her notions about the new mayor a number of times when having tea with some friends in the café.
, more ordainable, most ordainable
Descriptive of someone who is worthy of being initiated or sworn into a clerical role within a religious organization: Although both candidates for the ministerial position were ordainable, the committee decided to vote for Robert Kale as the more ordainable one because, among other qualifications, he had more community service experience.
, more oxo-biodegradable, most oxo-biodegradable
Possible for certain plastics to expedite the decaying process: Unlike "normal" plastics, that degrade and disintegrate very slowly, oxo-biodegradable
plastics are manufactured to accelerate the destruction of the plastic product, preferably extending the destruction to the extent where the plastic is mineralized into its basic component elements.
Plastic bags which are oxo-biodegradable retain all of the advantages of normal plastic bags, however they provide effective solutions to the compost and landfill industries with minimal disruption of consumer behavioral patterns.
, more pacifiable, most pacifiable
1. Able to be restored to a tranquil or peaceful state or condition: Those in the extremely loud protest march were pacifiable and were sent home by the local police.
2. Capable of being reduced to a submissive state: Ivy, Lisa's baby, didn't want to go to sleep although she was tired, but Lisa knew she was pacifiable when she sang a lullaby or two to sooth her into sleep.
, more palatable, most palatable
1. Acceptable or agreeable to the taste; savory: Some people like instant mashed potatoes, which is certainly palatable
, but not a nutritious type of food.
2. Having the characteristics of being acceptable to the mouth: Different terms, or adjectives, relating to the tastes or aromas which are enjoyable when eating a meal are palatable
, appetizing, tasty, and delicious.
Palatable has the least positive connotation of these terms, often referring to food that is merely passable and not especially good, as a palatable, if undistinguished main course, a barely palatable mixture of overcooked vegetables.
3. Inclined to be acceptable or agreeable to the mind, sensibilities, or feelings: John had some palatable ideas to be considered and Agatha had a palatable solution to the problem.
, more palpable, most palpable
1. A reference to a situation that is mentally perceived, understood, or apparent; obvious: There is a palpable
difference in the ages of the two brothers, one who is 10 years old and the other one who is 16.
2. In medicine, descriptive of something which can be felt with the fingers or hands: The palpable
lump that was causing Herb's pain was diagnosed with the therapist's examination by using her medically trained hands.
3. Etymology: from Late Latin palpabilis
, "that which may be touched or felt", from Latin palpare
, "to touch gently, to stroke".
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, parables (pl)
A simple and concise story that conveys a spiritual or ethical meaning: By reading a parable about the fox's sour grapes in his book, Jack discovered that it also applied to his own situation of not getting what he wanted.
, more pardonable, most pardonable
Forgivable or excusable of something not significantly important: Mrs. Smith said, "Please forgive Tammie's pardonable error in pronouncing your name because she was uncertain of the spelling."
Able to participate in an activity or meal: All the food on the table at the party is tasty, partakable, and can be enjoyed by everyone!
, more passable, most passable
1. Tolerable, fair, mediocre: Mrs. Smart told Jim, her student, that his test was not excellent, but average and passable.
2. Able to be traversed, crossed, or traveled on: The snowplows had already been through the town, so all the roads and streets were passable and clear for cars and not blocked.
3. Suitable to be freely distributed: The newly manufactured coins from the mint were all passable for the public.
, more pasturable, most pasturable
Suitable to be used as grazing land: The field behind his house in the country was usable and pasturable for Sam's livestock.
, more patentable, most patentable
Capable of obtaining a document or a registered trademark on one's invention: Jack's new product was not yet protected by law so that others wouldn't copy it and call it their own, but his product was patentable, so he applied for it right away!
, more payable, most payable
1. Demanding payment on a certain date; due date: The monthly instalment for the purchase of the furniture was payable on the first day of each month.
2. Requiring payment to a particular person or entity: Thomas requested that the check for his work should be payable to him.
3. Subject to payment, especially as specified: Doug's loan was to be payable next month.
4. Capable of producing profit: Thomas and his wife started a payable business venture.
, more peaceable, most peaceable
1. Disposed to harmony or of a friendly nature: Everybody like Barbara in school because she was so peaceable and inoffensive.
2. Inclined toward contentment and avoiding contentious situations: Meg was a very amiable and peaceable person and was never inclined to being quarrelsome.
2. Tranquil and free from strife and disorder: In their marriage, Jill and John led a peaceable kind of life far away from any fighting or disturbances.
1. Characteristic of a situation without conflict or disorder: The peaceable and nonaggressive protest march on the university campus was well attended.
2. Not quarrelsome; amiable; inoffensive: Marvin has a peaceable relationship with his cousins and their families.
Of or relating to a time without violence or turbulence: The years that Jerry lived in the country were peaceful and productive because he was able to concentrate on his new novel and to enjoy life.
The valley was so peaceful that it is difficult to imagine a peaceable time that didn't exist there.