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[ri-see-vuh-buh l]
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  1. fit for acceptance; acceptable.
  2. awaiting receipt of payment: accounts receivable.
  3. capable of being received.
  1. receivables, business assets in the form of obligations due from others.

Origin of receivable

1350–1400; receive + -able; replacing Middle English rescevable < Anglo-French receivable (Old French recevable)
Related formsre·ceiv·a·bil·i·ty, re·ceiv·a·ble·ness, nounnon·re·ceiv·a·ble, adjective, nounun·re·ceiv·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for receivable


  1. suitable for or capable of being received, esp as payment or legal tender
  2. (of a bill, etc) awaiting paymentaccounts receivable
  1. (usually plural) the part of the assets of a business represented by accounts due for payment
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Word Origin and History for receivable


late 14c., from receive + -able, and in part from Anglo-French or Old French recevable, from Old French recoivre. Related: Receivables.

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