[ in-flam-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈflæm ə bəl /


capable of being set on fire; combustible; flammable.
easily aroused or excited, as to passion or anger; irascible: an inflammable disposition.


something inflammable.

Origin of inflammable

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin inflammābilis, equivalent to Latin inflammā(re) to inflame + -bilis -ble

SYNONYMS FOR inflammable

Related forms

Can be confused

inflammable inflammatory

Usage note

Inflammable and flammable both mean “combustible.” Inflammable is the older by about 200 years. Flammable now has certain technical uses, particularly as a warning on vehicles carrying combustible materials, because of a belief that some might interpret the intensive prefix in- of inflammable as a negative prefix and thus think the word means “noncombustible.” Inflammable is the word more usually used in nontechnical and figurative contexts: The speaker ignited the inflammable emotions of the crowd. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inflammability


/ (ɪnˈflæməbəl) /


liable to catch fire; flammable
readily aroused to anger or passion


something that is liable to catch fire

Derived Forms

inflammability or inflammableness, nouninflammably, adverb


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