[ pas-uh-buhl, pah-suh- ]
/ ˈpæs ə bəl, ˈpɑ sə- /


capable of being passed through, beyond, or over; fit to be traversed, penetrated, crossed, etc., as a road, forest, or stream.
adequate; acceptable: a passable knowledge of French.
capable of being circulated legally or having a valid currency, as a coin.
capable of being or liable to be ratified or enacted: passable legislation.

Origin of passable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French; see pass, -able

Related forms

pass·a·ble·ness, nounun·pass·a·ble, adjective

Can be confused

passable passible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for passable


/ (ˈpɑːsəbəl) /


adequate, fair, or acceptablea passable speech
(of an obstacle) capable of being passed or crossed
(of currency) valid for general circulation
(of a proposed law) able to be ratified or enacted

Derived Forms

passableness, noun
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