(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.

unamiable (adjective), more unamiable, most unamiable
Not likable; neither sociable nor friendly: Kitty, the new girl in class, seemed so unsympathetic und unamiable in the beginning, but after a while she was very obliging and agreeable.
unappealable (adjective), more unappealable, most unappealable
Regarding something that is not subject to be transferred to a higher tribunal for re-examination: The judge's decision was passed on in a preliminary inquiry, not a trial, and was consequently unappealable.
unappeasable (adjective), more unappeasable, most unappeasable
1. Not to be placated or moved by entreaty: Lisa was determined to go shopping that day, although it was terribly cold, and she was unappeasable in her resolution.
2. Impossible to satisfy: Robert and Tiny had an unappeasable thirst and hunger after the long, hot walk.
unavoidable (adjective), more unavoidable, most unavoidable
1. Impossible to prevent: Jim said that there was an unavoidable delay in getting home because of the accident that took place on the highway.
2. Inevitable or bound to happen: Due to the storm, there was an unavoidable two-hour delay of the aircraft landing.
uncharitable (adjective), more uncharitable, most uncharitable
1. Descriptive of someone lacking love and generosity: Although Brad had tons of money, he was quite uncharitable and never made donations to any worthwhile charities.
2. Harsh and severe: Wilber looked quite uncharitable with his eyes gleaming and his lips tight in a straight line.
3. Unfair or unkind: Susan asked, "Why did Mary make such uncharitable remarks about Sam's failure to win the tennis championship?"
unclassifiable (adjective) (not comparable)
Not disposed to be assigned to a certain category; unidentifiable: Mrs. Green's style of writing was unclassifiable being partly romantic, partly historical, partly crime, and all that mixed up in one book.
uncomfortable (adjective), more uncomfortable, most uncomfortable
1. Prone to cause physical discomfort; unbearable: Stella wanted a new chair for her table, but all the ones she tried out in the stores were uncomfortable.
2. Subject to feeling awkwardness or unease; disturbed; disagreeable: The man across the room was staring at Jill and she became quite uncomfortable and restless and decided to leave.
uncompellable (adjective) (not comparable)
Pertaining to the inability to urge or to force someone or an animal to do something: The donkey turned out to be uncompellable when the children tried to induce it to walk and it didn't budge one inch, even after the children gave it some tidbits to eat!
unconcealable (adjective), more unconcealable, most unconcealable
Unable to be kept as a secret or hidden: The fact that Jenifer was pregnant was unconcealable after about 5 months!
unconquerable (adjective), more unconquerable, most unconquerable
A reference to something which cannot be captured or overcome: The unconquerable floods that have taken place in Great Britain during the winter of 2014 have caused a great loss of property and significant challenges for reconstruction in many parts of the country.
unconscionable (adjective), more unconscionable, most unconscionable
1. A reference to a person who is unscrupulous; unreasonably grasping, extortionate, harsh, etc.: The unconscionable criminal was ruthless and cruel when he went into the bank to rob it of money and hit the female guard on the head with his gun.
2. Relating to something which is outrageous and beyond reason: The fees for the childcare center in Tim's town were considered to be quite unconscionable and not affordable by most families.
3. Etymology: from Latin un-, "not" + conscionable, from conscientia, "knowledge"; from conscire; "to know well"; from com-, "together" + scire, "to know" + able, "ability".
A reference to exceeding the limits of any reasonable claim.
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Conveying the concept of going beyond customary limits.
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unconstruable (adjective), more unconstruable, most unconstruable
The inability to interpret the meaning of something: Valerie's unconstruable intentions were not clarified by her gestures.
uncreditable (adjective), more uncreditable, most uncreditable
Harmful to a person's reputation; blameworthy: The mayor's uncreditable behavior disqualified him from continuing to hold his political office.
undauntable (adjective), more undauntable, most undauntable
1. Incapable of being hesitant or afraid of failure: Little Ivy showed her undauntable efforts in walking by herself without holding on to her mother's hand or pieces of furniture!
2. Not inclined to admitting to discouragement: The soldier's undauntable heroism was recognized by his comrades and the highest officials of the government.
undemonstrable (adjective) (not comparable)
Not capable of showing or presenting fuller evidence: The suppositions were undemonstrable, undefinable, and refutable as far as Mrs. Smith could judge.