[chahr-juh-buh l]
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  1. that may or should be charged: chargeable duty.
  2. liable to be accused or held responsible; indictable: He was held chargeable for the theft.
  3. liable to become a charge on the public.

Origin of chargeable

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at charge, -able
Related formscharge·a·ble·ness, charge·a·bil·i·ty, nouncharge·a·bly, adverbnon·charge·a·ble, adjectiveun·charge·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for chargeable

answerable, responsible, imputable

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British Dictionary definitions for chargeable


  1. charged or liable to be charged
  2. liable to result in a legal charge
Derived Formschargeableness or chargeability, nounchargeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chargeable

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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