Meaning of ABLE in English



Variant: also -ible

Function: adjective suffix

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin -abilis, -ibilis, from -a-, -i-, verb stem vowels + -bilis capable or worthy of

1 : capable of, fit for, or worthy of (being so acted upon or toward) ― chiefly in adjectives derived from verbs <break able > <collect ible >

2 : tending, given, or liable to <agree able > <perish able >

– -ably also -ibly adverb suffix

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.