[bang-kuh-buh l]
  1. acceptable for processing by a bank: bankable checks and money orders.
  2. considered powerful, prestigious, or stable enough to ensure profitability: Without bankable stars the film script aroused no interest.

Origin of bankable

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20; bank2 + -able
Related formsbank·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·bank·a·ble, adjectiveun·bank·a·ble, adjectiveun·bank·a·ble·ness, nounun·bank·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for unbankable


  1. appropriate for receipt by a bank
  2. dependable or reliablea bankable promise
  3. (esp of a star) likely to ensure the financial success of a film
Derived Formsbankability, noun
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