[ tur-muh-nuh-buhl ]
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  1. capable of being terminated.

  2. (of an annuity) coming to an end after a certain term.

Origin of terminable

1375–1425; late Middle English, equivalent to termin(en) to end (<Latin termināre) + -able

Other words from terminable

  • ter·mi·na·bil·i·ty, ter·mi·na·ble·ness, noun
  • ter·mi·na·bly, adverb
  • non·ter·mi·na·bil·i·ty, noun
  • non·ter·mi·na·ble, adjective
  • non·ter·mi·na·ble·ness, noun
  • non·ter·mi·na·bly, adverb

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How to use terminable in a sentence

  • It's the farm on the terminable lease, at present held by Hugh Corrigan; he asks for a renewal.

    Roland Cashel | Charles James Lever
  • The contracts providing for purchase and shipment of coal by the coal sales companies are terminable at the will of the railroad.

  • A writer in another paper cited America as an example of terminable marriage in full working order.

  • The widow enjoyed an annuity of two hundred and forty pounds, terminable with her life; the children had nothing of their own.

    New Grub Street | George Gissing
  • He was a slave, except that his master was not trusted with the lash, and his claim for service terminable.

British Dictionary definitions for terminable


/ (ˈtɜːmɪnəbəl, ˈtɜːmnəbəl) /

  1. able to be terminated

  2. terminating after a specific period or event: a terminable annuity

Derived forms of terminable

  • terminability or terminableness, noun
  • terminably, adverb

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