(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.

Capable of being solved; such as, a problem.
stability (s) (noun), stabilities (pl)
1. The state of something or someone in a firm or secure position: By leaning too far over, James lost his stability and fell over!
2. The condition of constancy; resistance to change: The stability of the environment is certainly in danger when mankind does not take care of the planet earth.
3. The adaptability of an aircraft to return to its initial flight path following an unintended movement: After the thermal uplift passed, the plane resumed its stability and resumed its course.
4. Dependability; reliability: Mary's stability towards her children was displayed by her responsibleness, dependability, and never-ending love, of course!
The fact of being sustainable; or the preservation of the overall viability and normal functioning of natural systems.
tenable (adjective), more tenable, most tenable
A reference to that which can be held, defended, or maintained: There are tenable objectives that students, and other users, can achieve if they have access to the resources that will give them the information that they need.
Pertaining to something that can be maintained or defended.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

threat and vulnerability assessment (s) (noun), threat and vulnerability assessments (pl)
In antiterrorism, a threat and vulnerability assessment involves the pairing of a facility's threat analysis and vulnerability analysis.
—Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms;
US Department of Defense.
1. Capable of being tolerated; endurable: "The teacher said the student's arrogance is no longer tolerable."
2. Being fairly good; passable; not bad.
1. Being easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding.
2. That which can be easily worked, shaped, or otherwise handled; malleable.
transmission reliability margin (TRM)
The amount of transmission transfer capability necessary to ensure that a transmission network will be secure under a reasonable range of uncertainties in system conditions.
transportability (s) (noun), transportabilities (pl)
The act of carrying something or someone to different places; usually over long distances: In the distant past, the only means of transportability of things was carrying them by people or animals.
unpalatable, unpalatability, unpalatably
1. Not pleasant, agreeable, or acceptable to the taste or mind; for example, "We had an unpalatable meal at that restaurant."
2. Not tasting good: having an unpleasant taste.
3. Disagreeable or unacceptable; obnoxious: "I can not tolerate his unpalatable behavior."
unpredictability (s) (noun), unpredictabilities (pl)
Something that is impossible to be known before it happens or which can not be determined in advance: "Anyone who lives in the far North, the unpredictabilities of the wind and weather are things that people learn to live with."
variability (s) (noun), variabilities (pl)
1. The quality, state, or degree of being variable or changeable.
2. Having the ability to change; especially, suddenly and unpredictably.
An instability of the vascular system.
1. Commanding respect by virtue of age, dignity, character, or position; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character: a venerable member of Congress.
2. Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association: venerable relics.
3. With reference to places, buildings, etc.; hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations: the venerable halls of the abbey.
4. Venerable; abbreviated, Ven. or V.; Roman Catholic Church. Used as a form of address for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
5. Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church or the Episcopal Church.
6. Impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.: a venerable oak tree.
7. Extremely old or obsolete; ancient; such as, a venerable house.