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passable

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

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.

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Nearby words

pass up, pass with flying colors, pass-fail, pass-through, pass., passable, passably, passacaglia, passade, passado, passage

Origin of passable

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French; see pass, -able
SYNONYMS FOR passable
Related formspass·a·ble·ness, nounun·pass·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedpassable passible
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British Dictionary definitions for passable

passable

/ (ˈpɑːsəbəl) /

adjective

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 Formspassableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for passable

passable


adj.

early 15c., "that may be crossed," from pass (v.) + -able, or from Old French passable "fordable, affording passage" (14c.). Sense of "tolerable" is first attested late 15c. Related: Passably.

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