-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.

ransomable (adjective), more ransomable, most ransomable
Inclined to being held for payment or release: In the novel James was reading, the quest for ransomable prisoners proved to be quite a lucrative enterprise.
rasorable (adjective), more razorable, most razorable
Able or fit to be shaved: Joe's face was quite rasorable after having grown his beard for weeks!
ratable (adjective) (not comparable)
Worthy of being estimated or apportioned: The ratable residential properties in town were surveyed and a final positive decision was made to provide recycling for glass, paper, and plastic.
readable, legible
readable (REE duh buhl) (adjective)
Pleasurable, enjoyable; descriptive of written work that contains enthralling information that is interesting to peruse: Kelsey just published a very readable mystery book.
legible (LEJ uh buhl) (adjective)
A plain, distinct, decipherable composition which is plain and easy to read: Elizabeth had very legible handwriting because she practiced when she was in school.

While writing a readable short story for the local newspaper contest, Ingrid used her most legible handwriting.

realizable (adjective), more realizable, most realizable
1. Capable of being achieved or that which is actually possible to do: Jack said, "Jane, maybe your dream will someday be realizable!"
2. Capable of being changed or converted into cash; spendable; obtainable; Timothy did not have any realizable assets to pay the outstanding amount due.
reasonable (adjective), more reasonable, most reasonable
1. Capable of showing good sense and sound judgement; fair: Joe's next-door neighbor seemed to be quite a reasonable and practical fellow!
2. Relating to something which is moderate or appropriate: Tamara made the right decision and didn't drive during the snow storm, which was really reasonable.
3. Regarding something that is not too expensive: Gary was very happy when he found some shoes at a reasonable price and which he could afford!
4. Pertaining to an amount of something that is quite large: Leah had a reasonable amount of table space for her sewing machine and for laying out the fabric for her sewing project.
rebatable (adjective), more rebatable, most rebatable
1. Able to be returned as part of an original payment for some service or merchandise: There was a rebatable guarantee if the customer was not satisfied.
2. Regarding the possibility of being partially refunded: Andrew returned the rebatable merchandise to the store.
receivable (adjective), more receivable, most receivable
Relating to a payment that is acceptable for a debt: Both the bank and John agreed on the payable and receivable amounts of money which were accounted for on a monthly basis.
reclaimable (adjective), more reclaimable, most reclaimable
Descriptive of materials or personalities, etc. that can be salvaged from a degenerate or unusable condition and made productive again: The social worker thought Hans was the most reclaimable individual he'd worked with and he had great hopes for the young man's productive future.
recognizable (adjective), more recognizable, most recognizable
1. Concerning someone or something that is identifiable from a chance meeting or from knowledge; distinguishable: Shirley Temple was once the most recognizable face among movie actors and actresses.
2. Regarding the acceptance or approval of a claim, duty, fact, truth, etc.: The recognizable details in the business plan helped the small firm to receive a loan from the bank.
reconcilable (adjective), more reconcilable, most reconcilable
Able to be resolved, settled or rectified; harmonizable: The two girls had different ideas about their project for school, but after talking about them, they came up with a reconcilable strategy and course of action and wanted to tell their teacher about their new ideas the next day.
recordable (adjective), more recordable, most recordable
Able to be entered onto a disk, as a DVD: The music Jane wanted to listen to was transferred onto a recordable CD.
recoverable (adjective) (not comparable)
1. Possible of being regained or retrieved: Jack accidentally dropped his waterproof watch into the lake, but it was recoverable because the water was so clear and not so deep, so he could dive into it and salvage it!

Mary made a grave mistake when using her computer, but the lost data was recoverable when her brother scrutinized the issue!
2. Capable of being extracted from the sea or ground in an economic way: Recoverable resources, such as oil, coal, and gas, can be obtained from the earth in a profitable way.
3. Subject to being restored from a sickness or danger: The ailment that Rose had was recoverable in just a few days because it was just a slight cold.
4. Possible of money being regained: Through her income tax return the money for donations Jane spent throughout the year were recoverable by the process of withdrawing those costs from the total taxable amount.

rectifiable (rek" tuh FIGH uh buhl) (adjective), more rectifiable, most rectifiable
Relating to making something right or correct: Mike had some rectifiable grammar errors to remove or to correct in his book report before he handed it in to his English teacher.
redeemable (adjective), more redeemable, most redeemable
1. Susceptible of being restored or recovered: The coupon offered Jane a redeemable amount the next time she wanted to buy toothpaste, so that way she could retrieve some of the costs for the toothpaste!
2. Worthy of reform or correction: Most of the prisoners were redeemable and could leave the prison earlier than planned.
3. Possible of something being exchanged for a certain sum of money or for another item of equal value: Monika was glad the blouse she bought was redeemable because it was a size too small, and she wanted the next size up.