WORD ORIGIN adjective that may or should be charged: chargeable duty. liable to be accused or held responsible; indictable: He was held chargeable for the theft. liable to become a charge on the public. Origin of chargeable Middle English
word dating back to
see origin at
-able Related forms charge·a·ble·ness, charge·a·bil·i·ty, noun charge·a·bly, adverb non·charge·a·ble, adjective un·charge·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chargeability adjective charged or liable to be charged liable to result in a legal charge Derived Forms chargeableness or chargeability, noun chargeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chargeability adj.
late 15c., "burdensome," from
charge (v.) + -able. Sense of "subject to a tax or payment" is from 1610s; that of "liable to be made an expense" is from 1640s; that of "liable to be charged" (with an offense, etc.) is from 1660s.
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