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[bree-th uh-buh l] /ˈbri ðə bəl/
able or fit to be breathed:
filters to make the air more breathable.
allowing the passage of air and moisture:
a breathable fabric.
Origin of breathable
First recorded in 1725-35; breathe + -able
Related forms
breathability, breathableness, noun
unbreathable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They found that the tiny world possessed a breathable atmosphere and a fluid resembling water, but nearly as dense as mercury.

    A Honeymoon in Space George Griffith
  • By now the air was breathable, and he could see into the deserted Gulch.

  • But they are very handy things when you walk abroad on a world which has no breathable atmosphere.

    Vampires of Space Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • She spoke, now, with her helmet face-window open, for there was breathable air around them.

    Big Pill Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Kroger says the air is breathable, but thin, and it has too much dust in it to be any fun to inhale.

    The Dope on Mars John Michael Sharkey
  • I know now that by some vagary of chance—of fate if you will—I had struck a surface area where breathable air still remained.

    Tarrano the Conqueror Raymond King Cummings
  • Growing plants kept the air in their greenhouse fresh and breathable by photosynthesis.

    Asteroid of Fear Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • The air was hot, but breathable at times, and he filled his lungs till he had difficulty in keeping his body down below.

    Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac Ernest Thompson Seton
  • There, attached flasks of breathable atmosphere fill it out in a minute.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • But there would be breathable amounts for many thousands of centuries yet to come.

    Lonesome Hearts Russell Robert Winterbotham
British Dictionary definitions for breathable


(of air) fit to be breathed
(of a material) allowing air to pass through so that perspiration can evaporate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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