(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.

imageable (adjective)
That which may be imaged.
imaginable (adjective)
A reference to that which is conceivable in the imagination.
immalleable (adjective)
Not malleable; that is, incapable of being hammered out; unyielding (to force).
immensurable (adjective)
immitigable (adjective), more immitigable, most immitigable
Incapable of being alleviated, weakened, or softened: James and Jane had to endure immitigable circumstances and so they were unable to pay their bills because of their financial losses.
immortable (adjective)
Having the capacity to live after death.
immortalizable (adjective)
Capable of being immortalized or of becoming immortal.
immovable (adjective)
immutable (adjective), more immutable, most immutable
Pertaining to conditions that can't be changed, and so they are stable, permanent, or perpetual: Unfortunately, there are many immutable things in this world that all of us must learn to live with whether we like them or not.

All societies have people with immutable habits which can cause problems when their leaders want to make changes that could improve the equality of life for everyone.

Conveying a situation that is not changeable.
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Descriptive of being unchangeable but permanent.
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A reference to being incapable of change.
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impalatable (adjective)
Not palatable.
impalpable (adjective); more impalpable, most impalpable
1. A reference to an incapability of perceiving something by the sense of touch; intangible or untouchable: People have to accept the fact that there could be impalpable spirits because there is no way we can feel them.
2. Pertaining to something which is difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily: The impalpable distinctions of the word meanings of homonyms can be confusing, especially for foreigners who are learning English.
3. Descriptive of something impossible to detect by touching it because it is extremely fine or small: The flour that Jim was rubbing between his fingers was so impalpable that no grit could be felt.
4. Etymology: from Late Latin directly, or via French, impalpabilis; literally, "not touchable" from in, "not" + palpare, "to touch gently".
Not perceivable by touch.
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impassable (adjective)
impassable, impassible, impossible
impassable (im PAS uh buhl) (adjective)
Pertaining to something which is unable to be traveled or overcome: The severe snowstorm made the roads in the mountains impassable.
impassible (im PAS i buhl) (adjective)
Characterized as being incapable of feelings; immune to pain or suffering: Tamika's face was a masque, impassible to the suffering around her.
impossible (im PAHS i buhl) (adjective)
Unacceptable, awkward, incapable of happening: Up to 1969, it was believed that it was impossible to fly to the moon.

It was impossible to read Eric's impassible expression at the news of the efforts of his friends to cross the impassable mountain pass during the winter.

impeachable (adjective)
1. Capable of being impeached: venal, impeachable public servants.
2. Being such as to warrant impeachment: an impeachable offense.
3. Liable to accusation; chargeable with a crime; accusable; censurable.
impeccable (im PEK uh b'l) (adjective); more impeccable, most impeccable
1. Descriptive of something so perfect or flawless as to be beyond criticism: Sam had an impeccable record as a reliable mail carrier in Helena's neighborhood.
2. Concerning something or someone being without faults or errors: Dr. Brown’s reputation as an impeccable physician makes him a desirable consultant for other medical doctors.
Without sin, fautless.
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