Definition of passable in English:



  • 1Just good enough to be acceptable; satisfactory.

    ‘he spoke passable English’
    • ‘Cumulo-Nimbus clouds apparently lying atop the South Downs and turning them into a passable imitation of a snow-capped mountain range.’
    • ‘For your information, I thought it was perfectly passable, and nasty enough, without being too scary.’
    • ‘‘There were some passable wines but, in general, this was a shocking experience,’ one taster said.’
    • ‘My command of the language was verging on the passable but it was not polished enough for a deep exploration of modern European politics, and certainly not at that speed.’
    • ‘It's got passable graphics, a mediocre soundtrack, and gameplay that depends in large part on your ability to mash the Square button.’
    • ‘In her opinion, her looks were passable enough to be called pretty.’
    • ‘He raised his voice a few tones on these last words, giving a passable imitation of his friend, and Telli joined him in laughing.’
    • ‘Rumour has it that in a major earthquake, the synthetic ground will simply liquify and the entire area will do a passable impression of Atlantis' final moments.’
    • ‘Where British accents are required, the actors do a passable job, though they sound more mid-Atlantic than Manchester.’
    • ‘The film seems in reasonably good shape, with some dirt and dusts now and again, but overall, a passable presentation.’
    • ‘His face was not much to look at - certainly not handsome, but passable enough.’
    • ‘The outfit was passable with her house-slippers, but satisfied her.’
    • ‘It's a passable presentation, with dialogue, effects, and music mixed equally.’
    • ‘The remainder tracks are passable but not memorable enough to merit mention.’
    • ‘The result is a highly inoffensive, passable sound which has its interesting, if unremarkable, moments.’
    • ‘My old jacket isn't even real tweed but only a passable imitation.’
    • ‘What notion of vision and flair achieved this passable imitation of a prison yard?’
    • ‘Kantine food was passable, and after work, there was just enough energy to make it home and go to bed.’
    • ‘In all, this disc is a passable presentation of a surprisingly interesting film.’
    • ‘They speak fluent French, passable German, and have notions of Spanish.’
    adequate, all right, fairly good, acceptable, sufficiently good, sufficient, satisfactory, moderately good, not bad, not too bad, average, tolerable, fair, decent, respectable, presentable, admissible, allowable
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  • 2(of a route or road) clear of obstacles and able to be travelled on.

    ‘the road was passable with care’
    • ‘You need to get out there, assuming there are any passable roads.’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said Whitby and Scarborough were the worst hit areas but all main roads were passable with care.’
    • ‘In Elvington, there was serious flooding but roads were passable with care.’
    • ‘A few paved trunk roads and many passable dirt roads make Maasailand accessible.’
    • ‘By last night the force said most roads were passable with care.’
    • ‘He challenged Kitwe residents to pay land rates as this would help the council ensure that the roads were made passable.’
    • ‘The streets were so choked with sellers and shoppers alike that oftentimes only one lane of the street was passable for cars.’
    • ‘Yes, things have changed and changed for the better and now rural people have acquired auto means of transport because roads are passable.’
    • ‘Snow was settling on the Pennines this morning but roads were still passable with care.’
    • ‘The rebuilding should make the roads passable this planting season as well as make it easier for possible rehabilitation next year.’
    • ‘There would be no ambulance, especially with the snow too deep for the road to be passable.’
    • ‘Cape Farewell is a series of expeditions into the Arctic, through a previously icebound but now passable route.’
    • ‘Back in the 1920s keeping the clay road passable for bullock teams was a difficult matter.’
    • ‘Downtown roads are passable for the most part, with scattered debris mostly from trees.’
    • ‘The lack of passable roads in rural areas makes it difficult to transport agricultural products to market.’
    • ‘Keeping the clay roads passable, especially in winter, was a difficult task.’
    • ‘An engineer with Kerry County Council said the road is still passable and there are traffic lights in operation.’
    • ‘He plays a vital role travelling ahead of us to check our intended route is safely passable and helping anyone who falls overboard.’
    • ‘Mr. Moore was a traveling dentist when roads were passable and a hatter in the winter months.’
    • ‘Many other roads were only passable with care including the Cat and Fiddle road, the A54 Buxton to Congleton road.’
    navigable, traversable, negotiable, crossable, able to be travelled along, able to be travelled on, unblocked, unobstructed, open, clear, usable
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from passer ‘to pass’.