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[chahr-juh-buh l]
  1. that may or should be charged: chargeable duty.
  2. liable to be accused or held responsible; indictable: He was held chargeable for the theft.
  3. liable to become a charge on the public.
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Origin of chargeable

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at charge, -able
Related formscharge·a·ble·ness, charge·a·bil·i·ty, nouncharge·a·bly, adverbnon·charge·a·ble, adjectiveun·charge·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unchargeable

Historical Examples of unchargeable

  • His work is like his life, smooth, calm, unchargeable with faults; but it is not the kind that animates mankind.

    The Age of Tennyson

    Hugh Walker

British Dictionary definitions for unchargeable


  1. charged or liable to be charged
  2. liable to result in a legal charge
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Derived Formschargeableness or chargeability, nounchargeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unchargeable



late 15c., "burdensome," from charge (v.) + -able. Sense of "subject to a tax or payment" is from 1610s; that of "liable to be made an expense" is from 1640s; that of "liable to be charged" (with an offense, etc.) is from 1660s.

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