[ soo-per-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈsu pər ə bəl /


capable of being overcome; surmountable.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for superably


/ (ˈsuːpərəbəl, -prəbəl) /


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 superably



"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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