-able

(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.

damageable (adjective)
damnable (adjective)
debatable (adjective), more debatable, most debatable
1. An indication that something may, or may not be, true or real: Whether the politician's report is accurate is most debatable.
2. That which is liable to be questioned or disputed: It's debatable whether this tax cut is actually a benefit to very many people.
decasyllable (adjective)
deceivable (adjective), more deceivable, most deceivable
definable (adjective), more definable, most definable
Descriptive of something that can be explained, rationalized, or made clear: "Don't throw rocks" is a more definable explanation for a child than a long discourse about being kind and not hurting other people.
deflagrable (adjective), more deflagrable, most deflagrable
1. Descriptive of the capability of bursting into flames quickly: The wood that Jeff wanted to use in his fireplace was very deflagrable and burned with a sudden combustion and so it was slightly explosive.
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.
deflect (verb), deflects; deflected; deflecting
1. To change course because of hitting something, or change something's course by coming into contact with it.
2. To turn aside or cause to turn aside; to bend or to deviate.
3. To direct people's attention or criticism away from a subject or issue to something else.
4. To force someone to change what he or she is doing or planning to do.
demand (verb), demands; demanded; demanding
1. To ask for urgently: The mayor demanded that the police conduct an investigation into the murder of the child as soon as possible

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 student's 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.
demonstrable (adjective), more demonstrable, most demonstrable
1. Descriptive of being obvious or easy to recognized: Gwen was telling demonstrable lies so often that no one could believe her even when she was telling the truth.
2. Capable of being shown to exist or to be true: There was demonstrable proof that the neighbor set the fire to his house so he could collect the insurance.
demountable (adjective)
1. To remove from a mounting, setting, or place of support; such as, a gun.
2. To take apart; to disassemble.
3. Capable of being dismounted, dismantled, or removed and readily reassembled or repositioned.
deniable (adjective); more deniable, most deniable
1. A reference to something that is possible to contradict or to declare as being untrue: Shirley's neighbor made deniable accusations that the volume on her TV was turned up much too high every evening.
2. Relating to an issue which is painful and sad, but is actually not true or real: Betty is still in a state of deniable belief about her husband's death because she still has not fully accepted the fact that he died in bed the previous night.
denumerable (adjective), more denumerable, most denumerable
That which can be totaled up: There are many denumerable things; for example, denumerable sins, denumerable assets, denumerable words, etc.
dependable (adjective)
1. Someone, or something, which is capable of being trusted, depended upon, or worthy of reliance or trust.
2. Yielding the same, or compatible, results in different clinical experiments or statistical trials.
3. Consistent in performance or behavior; worthy of reliance or trust.
deplorable (adjective), more deplorable, most deplorable
1. A reference to something which is worthy of severe condemnation or reproach: A man was arrested because he committed a deplorable act of violence at the end of the baseball game when his team lost.
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.
A reference to a grievous and miserable results.
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