superable

[soo-per-uh-buh l]

adjective

capable of being overcome; surmountable.

Nearby words

  1. super-g,
  2. super-heroine,
  3. super-slick,
  4. super-smooth,
  5. super.,
  6. superabound,
  7. superabsorbent,
  8. superabundance,
  9. superabundant,
  10. superacute

Origin of superable

1620–30; < Latin superābilis, equivalent to superā(re) to overcome (derivative of super; see super-) + -bilis -ble

Related formssu·per·a·bil·i·ty, su·per·a·ble·ness, nounsu·per·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for superable

superable

adjective

able to be surmounted or overcome
Derived Formssuperability or superableness, nounsuperably, adverb

Word Origin for superable

C17: from Latin superābilis, from superāre to overcome

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Word Origin and History for superable

superable

adj.

"surmountable," 1620s, from Latin superabilis "that may be overcome," from superare "to overcome," from super "over" (see super-) + -abilis (see -able). The negative formation insuperable is older and more common and this may be a back-formation.

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