[pas-uh-blee, pah-suh-]


fairly; moderately: a passably good novel.

Origin of passably

First recorded in 1600–10; passable + -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for passably

Historical Examples of passably

  • She was able to do the work of this grade, not well, but passably.

  • With all these, he found Tyrrel more than passably acquainted.

    St. Ronan's Well

    Sir Walter Scott

  • He was young and, under other conditions, passably good looking.

    The Green Rust

    Edgar Wallace

  • And at that thought all that was passably decent in the man came to the surface.

    Mammon and Co.

    E. F. Benson

  • The flail is a passably good flail, and will not wear out yet.

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott

British Dictionary definitions for passably



fairly; somewhat
acceptably; well enoughshe sings passably
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