(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. Worthy of censure; blameworthy: Mrs. Smart didn't put up with any reprovable conduct among the students in her classroom, and she scolded them severely if they misbehaved.
2. Etymology: from Latin reputare, "reflect upon"; from re-, "repeatedly" + putare, "to reckon, to consider" + -able, "capable."
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2. Presentable: For the ceremony, Mr. Henderson wore his most respectable suit in order to look well-groomed.
3. Reasonable or fair in size or quantity: At the market, Mary received a respectable amount of cherries for the cake she wanted to make that day.
4. Disposed to being correct in conduct or character: Little Johnny put on his most respectable behavior when he went to church that day.
2. Tolerable, fair in size or amount: Howard's grades at school were considered respectable but not sufficiently strong enough to earn him a scholarship.
They are all very successful in their respective fields of study.
Each of the respective lawyers was regarded as highly respectable in legal circles. Ernest figured that he would have to be very respectful when talking with them.
2. Disposed to being kept under control, or to be kept in check: The restricted amount of Robert's pocket money was restrainable, because when he spent it all, it was gone!
2. Able to keep in mind: The memories Lynn had of her parents were retainable because everytime she looked at the photos of them on her desk she remembered all the lovely times she had had with them.
In case the two hikers got lost, the path they took was retraceable when they used the special signs located on the trees.
2. Suitable to rewrite or redraw along existing lines: The spelling exercise book for Jill had retraceable letters for her to move her pencil along.
2. Capable of being seen or shown: Lynn's broken arm was revealable after an x-ray had been performed.
2. Able to be reassessed for criticism or correction: The story Jane sent to the magazine was reviewable, so the publishers first scrutinized it and then consented to have it printed in the next edition.
3. Subject to having a critical report about a new work or performance, etc.: Agatha's book, being an excellent one, was reviewable in all the major magazines and newspapers.
4. Regarding an action or determination which can be judicially re-examined for possible errors: The case was reviewable and was to be decided on in court the following week.
2. Capable of restoring from a depressed, inactive, or unused state; to bring back normalcy: Jack's life was sluggish and dull and only revivable when he finally found the love of his life!
3 . The ability to renew in the mind or in the memory: Tom's recollections as a boy were revivable after viewing the old photos of his family in the photo album from his deceased parents.