[ tak-suh-buh l ]
/ ˈtæk sə bəl /


capable of being taxed; subject to tax: a taxable gain.


Usually taxables. persons, items of property, etc., that are subject to tax.

Nearby words

  1. tax-deferred,
  2. tax-deferred annuity,
  3. tax-exempt,
  4. tax-free,
  5. taxa,
  6. taxaceous,
  7. taxation,
  8. taxation without representation,
  9. taxation without representation is tyranny,
  10. taxco

Origin of taxable

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at tax, -able

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

Examples from the Web for taxability

  • This view does not, however, affect the taxability of "beached" boats, which are clearly squatters on State soil.

    Afloat on the Ohio|Reuben Gold Thwaites

British Dictionary definitions for taxability


/ (ˈtæksəbəl) /


capable of being taxed; able to bear tax
subject to tax


(often plural) US a person, income, property, etc, that is subject to tax
Derived Formstaxability or taxableness, nountaxably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for taxability



"subject to taxation," late 15c., from Anglo-Latin taxabilis; see tax (v.) + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper