(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. That 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.
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.
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.
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.
2. To take apart; to disassemble.
3. Capable of being dismounted, dismantled, or removed and readily reassembled or repositioned.
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.
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.
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.