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or rate·a·ble

[rey-tuh-buh l]
  1. capable of being rated or appraised.
  2. proportional: ratable distribution of wealth.
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Origin of ratable

First recorded in 1495–1505; rate1 + -able
Related formsrat·a·bil·i·ty, rat·a·ble·ness, nounrat·a·bly, rate·a·bly, adverbnon·rat·a·bil·i·ty, non·rate·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·rat·a·ble, non·rate·a·ble, adjectivenon·rat·a·ble·ness, non·rate·a·ble·ness, nounnon·rat·a·bly, non·rate·a·bly, adverbun·rat·a·ble, un·rate·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rateable

Historical Examples of rateable

  • The rateable annual value of the parishes, towns and villages is about 400,000.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 17, Slice 5


  • The rateable value of it is over twenty-six million eight hundred thousand pounds sterling.

  • The area is 1020 acres, rateable value £945, population 137, entirely agricultural.

    A History of Horncastle

    James Conway Walter

  • When first rated to the poor in Queen Elizabeths time it contained less than a hundred rateable persons.

    Haunted London

    Walter Thornbury

  • The party 679 on whom it falls is entitled to a rateable contribution from the others.

British Dictionary definitions for rateable


  1. a variant spelling of ratable
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  1. able to be rated or evaluated
  2. British (of property) liable to payment of rates
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Derived Formsratability, rateability, ratableness or rateableness, nounratably or rateably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for rateable



also rateable, c.1500, from rate (v.2) + -able.

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