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[pey-uh-buh l] /ˈpeɪ ə bəl/
to be paid; due:
a loan payable in 30 days.
capable of being or liable to be paid.
Law. imposing an immediate obligation on the debtor.
an amount, bill, etc., that is to be paid.
payables, the accounts payable of a business:
Payables are now handled by our computer.
Origin of payable
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at pay1, -able
Related forms
payability, payableness, noun
payably, adverb
unpayable, adjective
unpayably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for payable
Historical Examples
  • Endorse this cheque 'Jane Meredith' and make it payable to me personally.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • This dividend was payable in capital stock and was equal to 30 per cent.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • Them checks was payable to "Bearer," you remember, so I give 'em to him.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This work is sold to subscribers only, payable on delivery of each volume.

    The Electoral Votes of 1876

    David Dudley Field
  • He knew that in that case he would not wish to pay the debt in the only way in which it would be payable.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • It was his own demand note, payable to John Starkweather and endorsed by him to Mirabelle.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • Sir Francis answered that debts won by dead men were not payable.

    Kept in the Dark

    Anthony Trollope
  • That the subscription be two shillings a term, payable in advance.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • The tax was light, but payable in money, of which there was little or none.

    Albert Gallatin John Austin Stevens
  • A non-negotiable note is payable to a particular person only.

British Dictionary definitions for payable


(often foll by on) to be paid: payable on the third of each month
that is capable of being paid
capable of being profitable
(of a debt) imposing an obligation on the debtor to pay, esp at once
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for payable

late 14c., "to be paid," from pay (v.) + -able or from Old French paiable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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