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 History of this Word

"able" is from "abilis" (can be) spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
tolerably
soluble
teachability
convertibles

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-able" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending used to form modifiers from verbs. Indicates ability to receive the action of the verb. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-able illustration The procedures described are appropriate for removing stains from washable fabric.
-able illustration These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities.