Definition of passable in English:



  • 1Just good enough to be acceptable; satisfactory.

    ‘he spoke passable English’
    • ‘Kantine food was passable, and after work, there was just enough energy to make it home and go to bed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The outfit was passable with her house-slippers, but satisfied her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The result is a highly inoffensive, passable sound which has its interesting, if unremarkable, moments.’
    • ‘What notion of vision and flair achieved this passable imitation of a prison yard?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The film seems in reasonably good shape, with some dirt and dusts now and again, but overall, a passable presentation.’
    • ‘They speak fluent French, passable German, and have notions of Spanish.’
    • ‘For your information, I thought it was perfectly passable, and nasty enough, without being too scary.’
    • ‘The remainder tracks are passable but not memorable enough to merit mention.’
    • ‘Where British accents are required, the actors do a passable job, though they sound more mid-Atlantic than Manchester.’
    • ‘My old jacket isn't even real tweed but only a passable imitation.’
    • ‘Cumulo-Nimbus clouds apparently lying atop the South Downs and turning them into a passable imitation of a snow-capped mountain range.’
    • ‘It's a passable presentation, with dialogue, effects, and music mixed equally.’
    • ‘His face was not much to look at - certainly not handsome, but passable enough.’
    • ‘‘There were some passable wines but, in general, this was a shocking experience,’ one taster said.’
    • ‘In all, this disc is a passable presentation of a surprisingly interesting film.’
    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 traveled along or on.

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