One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Capable of being ordered or directed (to an end or result); amenable to direction or control.
2That may be requested or ordered; available for purchase, consumption, etc.
3That may be arranged in a series.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Mulcaster (?1532–1611), schoolmaster and author. From order + -able.
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