(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.

contemplable (adjective), more contemptable, most contemplable
A reference to something which can be pondered or thought about: He considered the subject to be contemplable and mulled over it for quite a while.
contestable (adjective), more contestable, most contestable
Pertaining to that which may be disputed, questioned, or debated; disputable; controvertible: The football referee's penalty-call was contestable and therefore was challenged by the team's player and the coach.
contradictable (adjective), more contradictable, most contradictable
1. Characterizing something by asserting or expressing the opposite of a statement which was made previously: Mike was being so contradictable by first saying one thing, then an hour later he was denying it!
2. Describing something to be inconsistent about or inconsistent with: The witnesses were giving contradictable information, each one describing the accident in a completely different way.
3. Prone to be argued against, such as the truth or correctness of someone's statement or claim about something: James told his friends that his mother was going to have another baby, however it was a very contradictable statement because she was not pregnant!
contrastable (adjective), more contrastable, most contrastable
Referring to items which are possible to compare or assess in regards to their differences: For their art test in school, Mrs. Arty gave her students two contrastable photos in which the students were to point out the particular distinctions or variances in relation to each one.
contributable (adjective) (not comparable)
Worthy of being added, provided, or given: Jane wanted to donate some money to a contributable charity program for the poor in her town.
contrivable (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to something that is capable of being planned, invented, or devised: During the discussion in class, Mrs. Hathaway mentioned that no contrivable tool or mechanism could meet the total quality of the human hand and fingers.
conversable (adjective), more conversable, most conversable
1. Susceptible to take part in a discourse: Tim was new in class, but was quite conversable, sociable and agreeable with all the other students.
2. Capable of being chatted with or confabulated with: Litty Susi was now 2 years old and more conversable with small talk than when she was 1 year old.
conveyable (adjective), more conveyable, most conveyable
Capable of being legally transferred to the ownership or title of another person: The condo Lynn owned was conveyable or assignable to her children.
copyable, copiable (adjective), more copyable, more copiable; most copyable, most copiable
1. Pertaining to something which can be made into an imitation or reproduction of an original: In art class at school, Mrs. Green presented a copiable photo which the students had to recreate on paper using the same coloring as in the authentic and genuine one shown on the wall.
2. The ability to duplicate, or to replicate, something: The activity sheets in the teacher's manual are all copyable for the use of the students.
credible, creditable, credulity, credulous
credible (KRED uh buhl) (adjective)
Believable, capable of being believed, or worthy of confidence; reliable: During the trial, Eloise was presented as a credible witness for the defense.
creditable (KRED i tuh buhl) (adjective)
Worthy of credit or praise for doing something: Winning the spelling match was the result of the creditable performance by all of the students.
credulity (kri DOO li tee) (noun)
A tendency to believe too readily: The police captain questioned the credulity of the new officer during the investigation of the crime.
credulous (KREJ oo luhs) (adjective)
Inclined to believe almost anything; gullible; naive: The credulous behavior of the young man who had just moved to the city suggested that he was naive.

With the appearance of credulous behavior, Miranda told a credible story of the school competition during which the students gave a creditable performance of a mystery play which stretched the credulity of the audience.

creditable (adjective), more creditable, most creditable
1. Worthy of being believed: The lawyer thought Jaime presented a creditable testimony at the trial.
2. Good enough to be praised but not necessarily outstanding or successful: Jerome thought the actors made a creditable performance that evening.
Good enough to bring praise.
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culpable (adjective), more culpable, most culpable
Relating to the justification of blame or censure as guilty of doing something criminal, evil, improper, or injurious: After Jacob was found culpable for the mismanagement at his company, he was forced to resign.

Sometimes an individual is just as culpable of a wrongdoing when he or she watches someone else doing something illegal and does not notify the authorities.

At the trial, the defendant was charged with culpable negligence for driving through a red traffic light.

President Trump denies any culpable responsibility for the chaos that exists in his staff.

Descriptive of condemnation or blame for neglecting to do something.
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Pertaining to deserving responsibility for doing something wrong
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cultivable (adjective), more cultivable, most cultivable
Capable of growing crops or being farmed: Sam was looking for cultivable land which was arable, tillable, and generally productive for the many plants he wanted to have.
cultivatable (adjective), more cultivatable, most cultivatable
A reference to farmland which is capable of being farmed productively: Sam was lucky to have such cultivatable soil in the rural area where he lived and could produce abundantly and enough to sell at the markets.
curable (adjective), more curable, most curable
Pertaining to an emotional or a physical affliction that can be healed with proper medical treatment: Most illnesses are curable with the right diagnosis and therapy or remedies provided by physicians.