[bree-thuh-buh l]
  1. able or fit to be breathed: filters to make the air more breathable.
  2. allowing the passage of air and moisture: a breathable fabric.

Origin of breathable

First recorded in 1725–35; breathe + -able
Related formsbreath·a·bil·i·ty, breath·a·ble·ness, nounun·breath·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. (of air) fit to be breathed
  2. (of a material) allowing air to pass through so that perspiration can evaporate
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