[sal-vuh-buh l]


fit for or capable of being saved or salvaged.

Origin of salvable

1660–70; < Late Latin salv(āre) to save + -able
Related formssal·va·bil·i·ty, sal·va·ble·ness, nounsal·va·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salvable

Historical Examples of salvable

  • It is our conviction that these men "are not saved, but are salvable."

  • It was enough to be a Christian like other good and salvable Christians!

    The Elect Lady

    George MacDonald

  • Men are constantly dogmatizing theories of sense and matter as the salvable hope of the race.

  • But he had no tolerance for the fellow who would hurriedly and secretly remove to his own premises goods of a salvable sort.

    When the Cock Crows

    Waldron Baily

British Dictionary definitions for salvable



capable of or suitable for being saved or salvaged
Derived Formssalvability or salvableness, nounsalvably, adverb

Word Origin for salvable

C17: from Late Latin salvāre to save, from Latin salvus safe
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