Definition of -able in English:



  • 1Forming adjectives meaning:

    1. 1.1 Able to be:
    2. 1.2 Due to be:
    3. 1.3 Subject to:
    4. 1.4 Relevant to or in accordance with:
    5. 1.5 Having the quality to:


From French -able or Latin -abilis; originally found in words only from these forms but later used to form adjectives directly from English verbs ending in -ate, e.g. educable from educate; subsequently used to form adjectives from verbs of all types (influenced by the unrelated word able), e.g. bearable, saleable.