(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. Of great importance, utility, or service.
3. Having admirable or esteemed qualities or characteristics.
2. Capable of gaining mastery over something; such as, an emotion, passion, or temptation.
2. Characteristic of something that is able, or liable, to change suddenly and unpredictably, or likely to change often: The stock market has variable investments with profits going up and then down; often as a result of statements made by certain government agencies.
3. Descriptive of anything that is inconsistent or uneven in quality or performance; not always the same: Joan's savings account has a variable interest rate which fluctuates daily.
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2. Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association: venerable relics.
3. With reference to places, buildings, etc.; hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations: the venerable halls of the abbey.
4. Venerable; abbreviated, Ven. or V.; Roman Catholic Church. Used as a form of address for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
5. Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church or the Episcopal Church.
6. Impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.: a venerable oak tree.
7. Extremely old or obsolete; ancient; such as, a venerable house.
2. Able to maintain an independent existence or able to live after birth.
3. Capable of success, or continuing effectiveness; practicable; such as, a viable plan or a viable national economy.
Viable was originally restricted to the senses of "able to grow" and "able to survive"; as, in a viable fetus.
Its extended sense of "able to be done" or "worth doing"; as, in "viable alternatives", is now well established and acceptable in the English language.
2. A descriptive term referring to someone who can be injured or killed, as by a misfortune or a calamity.
2. Something which may be violated, broken, or injured.
Flint and alkaline salts are vitrifiable.