- a suffix of adjectives expressing capability, susceptibility, liability, aptitude, etc.: agile; docile; ductile; fragile; prehensile; volatile.
Origin of -ile
From the Latin word -ilis, -īlis
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- indicating capability, liability, or a relationship with somethingagile; fragile; juvenile
via French from Latin or directly from Latin -ilis
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Word Origin and History for -ile
suffix denoting ability, capacity, from French -il or directly from Latin -ilis.
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