-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.

payable (adjective)
1. Requiring payment on a certain date; due date.
2. Requiring payment to a particular person or entity.
3. Subject to or requiring payment; especially, as specified: "His loan was to be payable next month."
4. Capable of producing profit: "He started a payable business venture."
peaceable (adjective)
1. Disposed to peace or of a peaceful nature.
2. Inclined toward peace and avoiding contentious situations.
2. Tranquil and free from strife and disorder.
peaceable, peaceful
peaceable (PEE suh buhl) (adjective)
1. Characteristic of a situation without conflict or disorder: The peaceable and nonaggressive protest march on the university campus was well attended.
2. Not quarrelsome; amiable; inoffensive: Marvin has a peaceable relationship with his cousins and their families.
peaceful (PEES fuhl) (adjective)
Of or relating to a time without violence or turbulence: The years that Jerry lived in the country were peaceful and productive because he was able to concentrate on his new novel and to enjoy life.

The valley was so peaceful that it is difficult to imagine a peaceable time that didn't exist there.

peccable (PEK uh buhl) (adjective), more peccable, most peccable
Descriptive of committing sinful or wrongful acts: History has many examples of peccable crimes that have resulted from wars which have caused a great deal of suffering for the soldiers and those innocent civilians who were not involved in the battles.
Relating to sinning or a temptation to do wrong.
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pentasyllable
perceivable (adjective), more perceivable, most perceivable
perishable
permeable
personable (PER suh nuh buhl) (adjective), more personable, most personable
Referring to someone who has a pleasant appearance and manner or way of behaving toward other people; attractive and likable.
persuadable (adjective), more persuadable, most persuadable
perturbable (adjective)
1. Characteristic of a great disturbance or to make uneasy or anxious.
2. A description of being in great confusion.
photodegradable
Able to be decomposed into a simpler substance through prolonged exposure to incident electromagnetic energy, especially ultraviolet light.
piteous, pitiable, pitiful
piteous (PIT ee uhs) (adjective)
Referring to something which elicits a strong sense of sympathy or compassion: The circumstances of poverty were piteous and Nikki was motivated to help in the local soup kitchen.
pitiable (PIT ee uh buhl) (adjective)
Wretched, paltry, lamentable: When the Industrial Revolution was just getting started, employees earned pitiable wages and often lived in piteous housing.
pitiful (PIT i fuhl) (adjective)
Concerning a person or animal that is in an unfortunate and sad situation; touching; pathetic; miserable: The man who was standing on the corner looked so pitiful because he had no umbrella and he was being soaked by the unexpected rain.

The famous British author, Charles Dickens, created pitiable characters in his books; for example, the pitiful story of Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. His situation and the poverty of his family was piteous.

pitiable
pleadable (adjective)