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.
, more ascertainable, most ascertainable
Capable of being discovered and learned through examination or experimentation; determinable; discoverable: It was important for the students to find the ascertainable facts for completing their term papers.
, more ascribable, most ascribable
Capable of being credited to or assigned to: Jim's term paper was full of spelling mistakes ascribable to his failure in proofreading it before turning it in to his teacher.
, more assailable, most assailable
Pertaining to something that cannot be defended or which is incapable of being defended: No matter how much the military tried to set up a proper defense, their assailable positions could not protect them from attacks by their enemies.
, more assessable, most assessable
Capable of being considered carefully or determined: The costs for repairing the damage done by the hurricane to Jim's house was only assessable after the insurance company had been on the site to examine it.
, more assignable, most assignable
1. Capable of something being appointed or allotted: The new houses were assignable to the company's employees who were looking for a place to live close to their jobs.
2. The capacity of something being specified or designated: The assignable reason for Tom's absence was expressed in his letter to the principal of the school.
, more assimilable, most assimilable
1. Capable of becoming alike, or similar in viewpoints or understanding: The newspaper was simple enough to read and put the important information into an assimilable form.
2. A reference to being absorbable and incorporated into body tissues: Judy was interested in easily assimilable or digestible foods for her diet, so she consulted with her doctor what would be best.
, more attainable, most attainable
Capable of being achieved or obtained: Thomas decided to lose 15 kilos in three months and his parents thought it was an attainable goal to go for.
, more attemptable, most attemptable
Capable of being tried or undertaken: After going on many hikes, Joan thought that climbing mountains in the Alps would be an attemptable adventure for her.
, more attestable, most attestable
1. A reference to that which can be authenticated, affirmed to be true, genuine, or correct, in an official capacity: Mary gave her teacher attestable proof of being sick on the day of the test by giving her a statement written by her doctor.
2. Relating to anything that can establish or verify the usage of something: This entry word was not attestable until about 1500 A.D.
3. Pertaining to the possibility of providing evidence for; standing as proof of; showing by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes: The blemishes on Mary's skin were attestable to poison ivy.
, more attractable; most attractable
1. Regarding something which can pull or adhere by physical power: Some screwdrivers are quite attractable
in that the they possess a magnetic quality of having steel nails cling to them.
The magnetic pins that Lynn bought cling beautifully to the attractable metal door frames!
2. Referring to something or someone that has the power to appeal, allure, or to entice: Valerie's charm and humor were quite attractable to those who knew her and everybody always had a good time when they got together.
A description of something that can indicate or explain the cause of or the reason for that which has taken place: It is obvious that the attributable
success of the writer's latest publication is a result of not only her talent but also of her hard work and determination.
Glenda's avoidance of socializing with other people is probably an attributable factor resulting from her lack of self-confidence.
, more available, most available
1. Pertaining to something that is easy or possible to get or to use: Bert always makes sure that there are available supplies for his family, especially during the winter.
2. Descriptive of something or someone being present or ready for use: The welfare organization indicated that it had a list of available workers who could work to complete the project for the homeless people in the city.
, more avoidable, most avoidable
1. Referring to staying away from someone or something: Sam was trying to find an avoidable
way to keep away from the heavy traffic while he was driving to work.
2. Characterized by preventing the occurrence of something bad, unpleasant, etc.: Erin thought there must be an avoidable
process to complete the project without so much confusion.
Brent was told that the financial investment would be an avoidable risk.
, more avouchable, mostavouchable
Conveying that which is capable of being verified: Tom's check for $50 was avouchable because his bank account was covered, so Edward could cash it without any problem.
, more avowable, most avowable
Relating to something that is openly expressed and free from doubt: Mark's avowable statements clarified his political position at the conference.