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[sal-vuh-buh l] /ˈsæl və bəl/
fit for or capable of being saved or salvaged.
Origin of salvable
1660-70; < Late Latin salv(āre) to save + -able
Related forms
salvability, salvableness, noun
salvably, adverb Unabridged
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  • It was enough to be a Christian like other good and salvable Christians!

    The Elect Lady George MacDonald
  • It is our conviction that these men "are not saved, but are salvable."

  • But he had no tolerance for the fellow who would hurriedly and secretly remove to his own premises goods of a salvable sort.

    When the Cock Crows Waldron Baily
  • Men are constantly dogmatizing theories of sense and matter as the salvable hope of the race.

British Dictionary definitions for salvable


capable of or suitable for being saved or salvaged
Derived Forms
salvability, salvableness, noun
salvably, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin salvāre to save, from Latin salvus safe
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