(Latin: suffix; expressing ability, capacity, fitness, or "that which may be easily handled or managed")
Just a few examples out of hundreds of words presented as the noun forms of -able; forming nouns of quality from, or corresponding to, adjectives in -able; the quality in an agent that makes an action possible. The suffix -ible has related meanings.
2. A disposition toward unpredictable conduct or irregular changes in one's state of mind: The older Aunt Jane got, the more mental instability she showed and therefore had to have help in her home.
Jim's less experienced football team won the championship despite the insuperable odds presented by the more successful team.
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2. Completely unacceptable.
2. A condition of being secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration: "They were told that they had to honor the inviolability of the sanctuary and we indicated the inviolability of our promise to do so."
3. Incapability of being violated; incorruptible; unassailable: "They must consider the inviolability of secrecy.
2. Something for which a person is responsible; for example, a debt.
3. That which holds a person back or causes trouble.
4. Someone who is a burden or who prevents a successful outcome or causes a social embarrassment.
5. The likelihood or probability of something happening.
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.