Meaning of -ABLE in English


-able /əb ə l/ BrE AmE ( also -ible ) suffix [in adjectives]

[ Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin -abilis , from -bilis 'capable or worthy of' ]

1 . that you can do something to:

washable (=it can be washed)

unbreakable (=it cannot be broken)

loveable (=easy to love)

2 . having a particular quality or condition:

knowledgeable (=knowing a lot)


—-ably /əbli/, -ibly suffix [in adverbs] :


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