-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.

mutable (adjective), more mutable, most mutable
1. Descriptive of something that is likely to change very often: The government's mutable policies regarding economic plans can be very disturbing for a lot of people.

The mutable weather is present just about everywhere in the world because it is rarely the same from one day to the next.

2. Inconsistent, unstable, or fickle: Mac's psychiatric counselor told him that he has a mutable nature that makes him unsuitable for marriage.
Characteristic of being inconsistent and easily capable of changing one's mind.
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narratable
navigable
negotiable (adjective), more negotiable, most negotiable
1. Something that is not fixed but which can be established or changed with barganing and compromises: James was trying to arrange a negotiable salary agreement based on his education and experiences.
2. Capable of being traversed, dealt with, or accomplished: Pete had to drive on a difficult but negotiable road before he could reach his destination.
nonabsorbable suture
A suture made form a material that is not absorbed by the body; such as, silk, silkworm gut, horsehair, certain synthetic materials, or wire.
noncollapsable, noncollapsible
Incapable of collapsing.
nonconstruable (adjective)
Unable to interpret or to understand what someone means: "I apologize if I've misconstrued your statements, but they were just simply nonconstruable."
nonflammable
1. Difficult to burn or to ignite.
2. Not combustible or easily set on fire.
non-refundable, nonrefundable (adjective) (not comparable)
1. A reference to being unable to get something exchanged or get any money back for a purchase.
2. Not permitted, under the terms of an indenture (between seller and buyer), to be refundable.
nonviable
1. Incapable of growing and developing independently.
2. Not capable of living, growing, and developing, as an embryo, seed, or plant.
3. Not practicable or workable; such as, a nonviable plan of action; not capable of succeeding.
notable (adjective)
noticeable (adverb)
Descriptive of something that is easily seen or detected; and so, it is evident and observable.
numerable (adjective), more numerable, most numerable
Relating to something that can be added up: Dina received numerable assets from the inheritance that she received from her father.
objectionable (adjective), more objectionable, most objectionable
Referring to offending good taste, manners, etiquette, propriety, etc.; offensive: "Mike's mother could not tolerate his objectionable behavior any more; so, she sent him to his room."
observable