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variant of -able (soluble); occurring first in words of Latin origin that came into English through French, later in words taken directly from Latin.
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Origin of -ble
Middle English <Old French <Latin -bilem, accusative of -bilis (masculine and feminine) or <-bile (neuter) adj. suffix
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How to use -ble in a sentence
This is so true that the monogram can still be seen on the column of the Halle au Ble, which was built by Catherine alone.Catherine de' Medici|Honore de Balzac
Indeed, neighboring places, such as Mar-ble-head and Salem, even offered to let Boston merchants use their port free of charge.The Story of the Thirteen Colonies|H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
Lucretia Borgia, with all them tur'ble recordin' notches on the handle!Motor Matt's Daring, or, True to His Friends|Stanley R. Matthews
You may've noticed 't I'm jush trifle—er, well, some people ud shay zhrunk, Toffski—rude 'n' dish'gree'ble people dshay zhrunk.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York|Lemuel Ely Quigg
Somewheres out yonder in Texas they tell me there's yit a consid'ble stretch of unconquered Confederate territory.Those Times And These|Irvin S. Cobb