Meaning of -ABLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ adjective suffix ]

also -ible

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's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.