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assignable

[uh-sahy-nuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being specified: The word has no assignable meaning in our language.
  2. capable of being attributed: This work is assignable to a 12th-century poet.
  3. Law. capable of being assigned.

Origin of assignable

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at assign, -able
Related formsas·sign·a·bil·i·ty, nounas·sign·a·bly, adverbnon·as·sign·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·as·sign·a·ble, adjectivenon·as·sign·a·bly, adverbun·as·sign·a·ble, adjectiveun·as·sign·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for assignable

Historical Examples

  • Let us see whether any such infinity of evidence is assignable.

    Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I

    Herbert Spencer

  • No motive was assignable for the terrible act, except ill-health.

    A Diplomat in Japan

    Ernest Mason Satow

  • Of him there is no assignable master; neither Hogarth nor Gillray.

    George Cruikshank

    W. H. Chesson

  • There was no assignable cause for his going, and he resisted it as a vagary.

  • When we seek the infinitely small, we divide, and call that infinitely small which is less than the least assignable quantity.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)

    Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)


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