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[prin-tuh-buh l] /ˈprɪn tə bəl/
capable of being printed.
suitable for publication; fit to print.
Origin of printable
First recorded in 1830-40; print + -able
Related forms
printability, printableness, noun
nonprintable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was "printable," and it did come out in print—that was something!

    Missy Dana Gatlin
  • They were told in language not to be found in any printable book.

    Sea Warfare Rudyard Kipling
  • This is not what Callahan said: it is merely a printable paraphrase of his rejoinder.

    The Grafters Francis Lynde
  • I can write little that is printable about these aesthetic crimes.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • That appealed to me as printable, but where to put it in the paper?

    How To Write Special Feature Articles Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
  • I do not know that I have any printable stuff just now—separatable stuff, that is—but I shall have by and by.

  • If it were addressed to another person than myself I should say that it is "printable" exceedingly.

  • "Oh, I haven't heard anything that's printable," Miss Merritt assured him, with a laugh.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for printable


capable of being printed or of producing a print
suitable for publication
Derived Forms
printability, printableness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for printable

1820 as "capable of being printed;" 1838 as "suitable to be published in print," from print (v.) + -able. Related: Printability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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