(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. Capable of putting an end to something: Tom's hope of marrying Susan turned out to be extinguishable due to her sudden death.
2. Concerning a current use or custom at a certain time: Jane said that possessing an expensive smart phone was a very fashionable thing to have.
2. Relating to approval and admiration; pleasing: Sally made a favorable and delightful impression.
3. Concerning the advantage, opportunity, or convenience of something or someone; advantageous: Cathy's father has a favorable position in his company.
4. A reference to a request resulting in the granting of what is desired: Lois Hathaway was certainly very happy with the favourable acceptance of her application to college.
5. Suggestive of something boding well; propitious: The signs are favorable for a new start.
Fermentability is possible in a process resulting in alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and whiskey.
Yoghurt is a result of fermentable milk with bacteria.
Wine comes from leaving fermentable grape juice to chemically change when all of the sugar has turned into alcohol.
2. Capable of being repaired or restored: Since there was only a minor problem with the coffee machine, the company thought it was fixable and so they quickly repaired it.
The word inflammable actually means "able to burn"; while "nonflammable" means "unable or unlikely to burn".
The prefix "in-", used with inflammable is an intensifier not a "negative" as with such words as "inhospitable", "inhuman", "insensible", "indecent", "inadequate", etc. It has been a mistake believed by many people that inflammable meant "not flammable" and some serious injuries resulted over the years because of this misunderstanding.
As a consequence, many English-speaking countries passed laws that have required manufacturers of materials and substances that burn easily to use the word "flammable" in place of inflammable, which is considered less ambiguous or confusing.
So remember that inflammable comes from "inflame", which, in this case, means "to set on fire" and not from "in-", "not" + "flammable", "combustible".
In the confusion at the store, which was caused by a customer's inflammable temper, Joseph was unable to read the sign to see if the can of solvent was flammable or nonflammable.
Long stems of grass or grain growing on the fields show a great amount of fluctuability when the wind blows and causes the long stems to turn in all directions.
2. Relating to something which inspires respect or wonder because of size, strength, or ability: Shirley exhibited a formidable display of skill whenever she worked with her computer.
3. A reference to the anxiety of fear, dread, or alarm: A fratricide, or the killing of one's brother, became a formidable concern by the killer's sister because the murderer still had not been apprehended by the police.
4. Etymology: from Latin formidabilis from formidare, "to fear, to dread".