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1(forming adjectives) able to be.‘calculable’
2(forming adjectives) to be.‘payable’
3(forming adjectives) subject to.‘taxable’
4(forming adjectives) relevant to or in accordance with.‘fashionable’
5(forming adjectives) having the quality to.‘suitable’‘comfortable’
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.
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