variant of -able (soluble); occurring first in words of Latin origin that came into English through French, later in words taken directly from Latin.

Nearby words

  1. -bashing,
  2. -biont,
  3. -biosis,
  4. -blast,
  5. -blastic,
  6. -bodied,
  7. -bound,
  8. -branch,
  9. -browed,
  10. -bulia

Origin of -ble

Middle English < Old French < Latin -bilem, accusative of -bilis (masculine and feminine) or < -bile (neuter) adj. suffix

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