(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. Denoting a substance that can be chemically degraded or decomposed by natural processes (for example: weather, soil bacteria, plants, animals) without harming the environment. Also, biodeterioration.
3. Describing organic compounds that are able to be decomposed by bacteria and other micro-organisms; such as, the constituents of sewage, as compared with non-biodegradable compounds; such as, most plastics.
The police investigator seemed to be very capable when he brought the charges against the two men stating that they were both culpable for stealing the car.
2. Legally, or medically, declared to be affected by a psychiatric disorder.
3. Legally committable to a mental institution.
2. Showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity.
3. Characteristic of expressing love and generosity for others.
5. Conveying a generosity in donations or gifts to relieve the needs of indigent, ill, or helpless people and animals.
2. Pertaining to the capability of making the circuit of by navigation: The earth is a circumnavigable place if one has the right aircraft.
3. The possibility of going or maneuvering around: Ted had to find a circumnavigable way to get through the heavy downtown traffic.
2. The ability to quote by way of example, authority, or proof: Sherry was referred to as a citable authority by several noteworthy writers.
3. Capable of bringing forward or calling to the attention of others; especially, as an example, proof, or precedent: The coaches found the weather to be a citable reason for canceling the baseball game.