-able
-able -a*ble (-[.a]*b'l). [F. -able, L. -abilis.] An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable. [1913 Webster]

Note: The form {-ible} is used in the same sense. [1913 Webster]

Note: It is difficult to say when we are not to use -able instead of -ible. ``Yet a rule may be laid down as to when we are to use it. To all verbs, then, from the Anglo-Saxon, to all based on the uncorrupted infinitival stems of Latin verbs of the first conjugation, and to all substantives, whencesoever sprung, we annex -able only.'' --Fitzed. Hall. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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