-able

(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.

irredeemable
irrefragable (adjective), more irrefragable, most irrefragable
1. Descriptive of being impossible to break or to alter.
2. Relating to something that is impossible to prove as being wrong or false.
3. Etymology: from Latin infringere, "to damage, to break off", from in-, "not" + frangere, "to break".
irrefutable (adjective), more irrefutable, most irrefutable
1. Relating to an impossibility to prove that an opinion, an argument, or a decision is a mistake: The prosecutor, Mr. Biggs, told the jury at the trial that there was irrefutable evidence that the accused committed the crime as charged.
2. Pertaining to a lack of any proof or logical reason that something or someone is wrong in his or her concepts or behavior: There was irrefutable gossip that Henderson was engaged to Ms. Sue and to another woman, too.
Not capable of proving that something is incorrect or false.
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irremeable (adjective), more irremeable, most irremeable
Descriptive of something that is impossible to go through: Because of a terrorist attack, Sam's country declared an irremeable border so no one could enter or leave it unless permitted to do it by government authorities.
irreparable (adjective), more irreparable, most irreparable
A reference to something which is too bad to be corrected or repaired: Oil spills have been doing irreparable damage to coastal bays and beaches; especially, with the killing of millions of fish in the waters.

The football coach did irreparable harm to his reputation and career when it was discovered that he had been depositing millions of dollars in Swiss banks in order to avoid paying taxes.

Impossible to fix, to repair, or to remedy.
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irreproachable (adjective) (not comparsble)
irresolvable
irrevocable (adjective) (no comparatives)
1. Pertaining to something that is impossible to undo or to change: The President made an irrevocable statement about the economy that disturbed many people.
2. Relating to that which is unalterable and cannot be called back or be undone: No matter how Harry's fellow workers pleaded with him, his decision to quit his job was irrevocable.
irrevocableness (s) (noun) (usually no plural)
Something which is impossible to retract or to take back: Charles's lawyer told him that once he signed the contract to rent the apartment, it included an irrevocableness that would not allow him to change his mind and to withdraw from the agreement.
irritable
iterable
Capable of being iterated or repeated.
judicable (adjective), more judicable, most judicable
justifiable (adjective)
knowledgeable (adjective), more knowledgeable, most knowledgeable
1. Thoroughly acquainted with and skilled in something through study or involvement: Despite Karla's very young age of 14, she is a knowledgeable player of the piano and the violin.
2. Possessing or showing a great deal of learning, awareness, or intelligence; perceptive and well-informed: The speaker presented a very interesting and more knowledgeable explanation of how most people can survive in these economic conditions.
knowledgeable experts