-able

-able
also -ible adjective suffix Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin -abilis, -ibilis, from -a-, -i-, verb stem vowels + -bilis capable or worthy of 1. capable of, fit for, or worthy of (being so acted upon or toward) — chiefly in adjectives derived from verbs <
breakable
>
<
collectible
>
2. tending, given, or liable to <
agreeable
>
<
perishable
>
-ably also -ibly adverb suffix

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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