(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. Capable of being pernicious or harmful: The comments the boy next-door made were damageable and hurtful when he saw Jane's old hand-me-down bike.
2. Capable of being accursed or unredeemed: Some people believe that those who have committed a damnable crime will be punished eternally in Hell.
2. Referring to something which is liable to be questioned or disputed: It's debatable whether this tax cut is actually a benefit to very many people.
2. Characterizing something that is liable to snap and crackle when heated: In his chemistry class at school, James found out that salt was quite deflagrable, because when it was heated, it produced popping and bursting sounds.
2. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; to bend or to deviate: Jim was able to deflect being hit by the ball by moving quickly to the side.
3. To direct a person's attention or criticism away from a subject or issue to something else: Patty tried to deflect her friend from noticing the pimple on her nose by wearing her prettiest dress.
4. To force someone to change what he or she is doing or planning to do: The fire deflected the new owners from moving into their newly-built home.
Theodore demanded to speak to the manager about the poor quality of the product that he had recently purchased.2. To claim as just or due: The bank is demanding repayment of Joe's loan. 3. To ask to be informed of: The teacher was demanding to know why the students thought her comments were so funny.
4. To require as useful, just, proper, or necessary; to call for: Jill was told that the jewelry she was considering to buy had a gem that demanded a fine setting in the necklace.
5. In law: To summon to court; to claim formally; lay legal claim to: During the court proceedings documents were demanded by the prosecutor for further proof of the case.
2. Capable of being shown to be true or to exist: There was demonstrable proof that the neighbor set fire to his house so he could collect the insurance.
2. Capable of being taken apart or disassembled: The watchmaker scrutinized the demountable parts of the timepiece before beginning to repair it.
3. The capacity of being taken apart and and readily reassembled or repositioned again: Mark had to remove the different demountable parts of his bike to clean them before he could ride it again.
2. Relating to an issue which is painful and sad, but is actually not true or real: The tragic news was deniable regarding Jane's husband to have died the day before, because he was at work the very next day!
2. Yielding the same, or compatible, results in different clinical researches or statistical trials: In her chemistry class at school, Susan always got dependable results in the experiments she had to do.
3. Consistent in performance or behavior; worthy of reliance or trust: Ivy's mother is the most dependable person her husband ever knew and could be counted on in every thinkable situation.
2. Referring to a lamentable or woeful situation: Jane's apartment was in a deplorable condition of filth.
3. Relating to a wretched or bad condition: Too many people were living in deplorable houses in Jack's neighborhood.