[pas-uh-buh l, pah-suh-]
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for passable on Thesaurus.com
2. presentable, respectable, allowable, tolerable, fair.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for passable
A serious presidential campaign should have at least a passable answer to an obvious, expected, and potentially disabling attack.Mitt Romney Lost the Summer: Tax Returns, Overseas Gaffes, & More
August 8, 2012
What passable comedy has existed in these bleak times has largely sprung from the camp of writer/director/producer Judd Apatow.‘Ted’ Is Funny: So What Killed the Movie Comedy?
July 2, 2012
You might expect charming or at least passable small talk to be a gateway skill for a politician.The Awkwardness Olympics
August 23, 2011
Her instructions were clear and I eventually produced a passable batch of puff.The Art of Making Puff Pastry
February 23, 2011
And on any other network, The Biggest Loser's ratings would merely be passable.NBC, You've Blown It Again!
October 26, 2010
The 3rd Brigade with camels would follow if the road was passable.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The gulf, he felt, was not passable with security nor credit.The False Chevalier
William Douw Lighthall
It seemed to her that most women would find him more than passable.All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
There could never be any choice, of course—the mountains were passable only when the weather was hot.Space Prison
Even in the rainy season, the Argentine plains had always been passable.In Search of the Castaways
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for passable
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper