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  1. capable of being graded.
  2. Grammar. (especially of adjectives and adverbs) denoting a quality or state that can be present in varying degree or extent; capable of undergoing comparison or intensification, as heavy—heavier, cheerful—more cheerful, or tall—very tall, but not atomic or dental.

Origin of gradable

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British Dictionary definitions for gradable


  1. capable of being graded
  2. linguistics denoting or relating to a word in whose meaning there is some implicit relationship to a standard``big'' and ``small'' are gradable adjectives
  1. linguistics a word of this kind
Derived Formsgradability or gradableness, noun
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