[ grey-duh-buh l ]
/ ˈgreɪ də bəl /


capable of being graded.
Grammar. (especially of adjectives and adverbs) denoting a quality or state that can be present in varying degree or extent; capable of undergoing comparison or intensification, as heavy—heavier, cheerful—more cheerful, or tall—very tall, but not atomic or dental.

Origin of gradable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for gradable


/ (ˈɡreɪdəbəl) /


capable of being graded
linguistics denoting or relating to a word in whose meaning there is some implicit relationship to a standard``big'' and ``small'' are gradable adjectives


linguistics a word of this kind

Derived Forms

gradability or gradableness, noun
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