[puhn-i-shuh-buh l]
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Origin of punishable

1375–1425; late Middle English. See punish, -able
Related formspun·ish·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·pun·ish·a·ble, adjectivere·pun·ish·a·ble, adjectiveun·pun·ish·a·ble, adjective
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Related Words for punishable

blameworthy, criminal, guilty, responsible, condemned

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British Dictionary definitions for punishable


  1. liable to be punished or deserving of punishment
Derived Formspunishability, noun
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Word Origin and History for punishable

1530s, of persons; 1540s, of offenses, from punish + -able.

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