[ pas-uh-buhl, pah-suh- ]
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  1. capable of being passed through, beyond, or over; fit to be traversed, penetrated, crossed, etc., as a road, forest, or stream.

  2. adequate; acceptable: a passable knowledge of French.

  1. capable of being circulated legally or having a valid currency, as a coin.

  2. 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

Other words for passable

Other words from passable

  • pass·a·ble·ness, noun
  • un·pass·a·ble, adjective

Words that may be confused with passable

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How to use passable in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for passable


/ (ˈpɑːsəbəl) /

  1. adequate, fair, or acceptable: a passable speech

  2. (of an obstacle) capable of being passed or crossed

  1. (of currency) valid for general circulation

  2. (of a proposed law) able to be ratified or enacted

Derived forms of passable

  • passableness, noun

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