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[pas-uh-blee, pah-suh-] /ˈpæs ə bli, ˈpɑ sə-/
fairly; moderately:
a passably good novel.
Origin of passably
First recorded in 1600-10; passable + -ly Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She was able to do the work of this grade, not well, but passably.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • With all these, he found Tyrrel more than passably acquainted.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • He was young and, under other conditions, passably good looking.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • And at that thought all that was passably decent in the man came to the surface.

    Mammon and Co. E. F. Benson
  • The flail is a passably good flail, and will not wear out yet.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • Edward Byrom was tall, well-made, and passably good-looking.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • He attended strictly to his duties, and accomplished all of them passably.

    Mountain Clement Wood
  • You're more than passably good-looking, and you're surprisingly clever.

  • I think I'll try to be at least passably good and obedient in the schoolroom.

  • But, bad for idle schoolboys, it did so happen that they were passably good for him.

    Jude the Obscure

    Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for passably


fairly; somewhat
acceptably; well enough: she sings passably
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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