- easily set on fire; combustible; inflammable.
Origin of flammable
1805–15; < Latin flammā(re) to set on fire + -ble
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- liable to catch fire; readily combustible; inflammable
Flammable and inflammable are interchangeable when used of the properties of materials. Flammable is, however, often preferred for warning labels as there is less likelihood of misunderstanding (inflammable being sometimes taken to mean not flammable). Inflammable is preferred in figurative contexts: this could prove to be an inflammable situation
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