(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.
2. Conveying feelings of being wanted: This company is in the enviable position of having no real competitors.
When someone is in an enviable situation, others wish that they were also in that status.
2. Pertaining to something which does not vary or fluctuate very much: The equable climate where Jane lives is very steady with mild and comfortable temperatures.
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Vince's equable temperament made it easy for him to act in an equitable manner during the tense union negotiations.
2. Characterized by justice, fairness, and impartiality toward those involved; just and right; fair; reasonable.
3. Applicable under the law of equity as distinguished from common or statute law.
2. A reference to a situation that can cause a reaction or a special feeling about something or someone: Traveling through the Mojave Desert was quite evocable because Ginny remembered quite well the times when she camped out there with her family when she was a child.