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Definition of -able suffix from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    -able

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    suffix (in adjectives)
     
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  1. 1that can or must be calculable taxable
  2. 2having the quality of fashionable comfortable changeable More Like This Suffixes -able, -age, -al, -ance, -ant, -arian, -ary, -dom, -ee, -er, -ese, -esque, -ess, -fold, -ful, -hood, -ify, -ion, -ish, -ism, -ist, -ista, -ite, -itis, -ize, -less, -let, -ling, -ly, -ment, -most, -ness, -oid, -or, -ous, -shipSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originfrom 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; later used to form adjectives from verbs of all types (influenced by the unrelated word able), e.g. bearable, saleable.