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 revocable, most revocable
A reference to that which can be declared null and void or no longer allowed to take place: The Smith’s plans to go to Spain on vacation was considered to be revocable depending on whether their daughter Jane recovered soon enough from her illness.
, more salifiable, most salifiable
Capable of being turned into salt: Ammonia is salifiable when used as a base and, when combined with an acid, forms sodium chloride.
1. Capable of being made holy; subject to being set apart as sacred; able to be consecrated: As the church was repaired the beginning of the 18th century, it was sanctifiable again later on in 1728.
2. Deserving to be purified or freed from sin: When they went to church they felt that their wrongdoings were sancitifiable after praying and talking to the priest.
, more saponifiable, most saponifiable
Suitable of being converted into soap: When combined with an alkaline, the salts from a vegetable or animal fat are saponifiable and can be changed into a cleansing agent.
, more scrutable, most scrutable
Inclined to being able to inspect carefully and to grasp: The scrutable statements of the politician, Mr. Hillman, were usually clearly presented and verifiable.
, more seasonable, most seasonable
1. A reference to being suitable for a period of time during the year: In the Northern Hemisphere, hot weather is seasonable in July.
2. Relating to something that comes at the right or proper time: The government of the flooded area brought seasonable aid to the victims who suffered from the damaging of the excessive water.
3. Etymology: from Latin satio, "act of sowing", a derivative of satus, from serere, "to sow, to plant."
Concerning something happening in good time; appropriate for the circumstances; opportune: We had a seasonable
frost this morning which made the grass white.
We had a seasonable discussion about what to do about our friend's upcoming birthday.
Pertaining to an action or undertaking occurring or varying depending on timing or circumstances: Picking cherries on the farm is a seasonal
We had a seasonal snowstorm on the first of December.
Since we are expecting seasonal weather for the weekend, we are planning a seasonable outdoors activity to celebrate the end of the school year.
, more semifriable, most semifriable
Able to be partially broken into small fragments or reduced to powder: The dry soil was semifriable and was good to spread around the plants for winter protection.
, more semipermeable, most semipermeable
Partially or selectively penetrable: Such materials as membranes are semipermeable in that they allow certain liquids or gases to pass through, but not other substances.
, more sequestrable, most sequestrable
A reference to that which is requisitioned or confiscated by a legal process: Jaden's cousin had sequestrable property that has been legally taken away from him until the claims of his creditors have been satisfied.
, more serviceable, most serviceable
1. Able to be maintained easily: The washing machine was serviceable in that it could be cleaned and decalcified easily!
2. Possible of being repaired and not discarded: If ever Sandy's watch doesn't show the correct time, she shouldn't throw it way because it certainly is serviceable and probably only needs a new battery!
3. Suitable for use; usable; helpful: The coffee machine Jane had was not new or modern, but totally serviceable and practical.
4. Disposed to be worn well; durable: The jacket Susan has on for gardening is made of very strong fabric, is very serviceable with many pockets, and will last a very long time!
, more sociable, most sociable
1. Inclined to seek out the company of other people: Stella was a very sociable person who loved to invite people for dinner at least once a week!
2. Disposed to be friendly and pleasant: The little village seemed to be a sociable place where all the people seemed to be very neighbourly and warmhearted with each other.
3. Open for individuals to mix in an informal way: The get-together was always a very sociable and relaxed occasion where the old friends met in a causal and easygoing manner.
4. Worthy of promoting communal activity; inclined to or conducive to companionship with others: In her condo building, Carol is interested in inviting people to experience getting together for evenings of sociable enjoyment, whether it is watching a movie or playing games!
, more solidifiable, most solidifiable
1. Able to be hardened or set: Water is solidifiable and freezes when it is put into the freezer!
2. Inclined to become firmer and improbable to change: Jane thought that her relationship with Jim would become firmer and solidifiable if only they didn't live so far away from each other!
Susceptible of being explained or clarified: Nancy wondered if the mystery of the missing ring was solvable or not!
1. Within the range of hope: Bill wondered if his ideas for the summer vacation were sperable and realistic.
2. Properly hoped for: Dr. Hathaway gave Mrs. Smith sperable news which afforded grounds of optimism regarding her husband's recovery from the operation.