Definition of passable adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɑːsəbl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsəbl//
    Features of roads
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  1. 1fairly good but not excellent synonym satisfactory She put on a passable imitation of a Scottish accent. He served a bottle of very passable claret with the meal.
  2. 2[not usually before noun] if a road or a river is passable, it is not blocked and you can travel along or across it The mountain roads are not passable until late spring. opposite impassable See related entries: Features of roads
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from passer ‘to pass’.Extra examples The main staircase was just passable. a bottle of very passable sherry hoping that the roads will remain passable making the roads passable for light vehicles She did a passable job of fixing her make-up. She gave a passable imitation of a Scottish accent.
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