One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the beer was passable’
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
mediocre, middling, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, workaday, indifferent, unremarkable, undistinguished, unexceptional
informal OK, so-so, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, no great shakes, not up to much, not much cop, bog-standard, vanilla, plain vanilla
NZ informal half-pie
2‘the road is still passable’
navigable, traversable, negotiable, crossable, able to be travelled along, able to be travelled on, unblocked, unobstructed, open, clear, usable
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