af·​ford·​able | \ ə-ˈfȯr-də-bəl How to pronounce affordable (audio) \

Definition of affordable

: able to be afforded : having a cost that is not too high products sold at affordable prices an affordable purchase affordable housing [=housing that is not too expensive for people of limited means]

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affordability \ ə-​ˌfȯr-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce affordable (audio) \ noun
affordably \ ə-​ˈfȯr-​də-​blē How to pronounce affordable (audio) \ adverb
an affordably priced car

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Examples of affordable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to a 2021 affordable housing report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum, of the 60% of Milwaukee residents who rent housing, more than half are considered rent-burdened (spend 30% or more of their income on housing). Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 July 2021 The other, naturally affordable housing, often consists of smaller units with less parking. Anissa Durham, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 July 2021 Sitting vacant since 1999, the American Red Cross building in downtown Birmingham will soon be gutted and turned into affordable apartments, city officials announced Monday. al, 19 July 2021 That pain will only be alleviated by universal coverage without cost-sharing, without which even the allegedly affordable Canadian drugs remain out of reach for millions of Canadians, let alone their southern neighbors. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 19 July 2021 Johnson is an advisor to the nonprofit Proud Ground, which helps first-time homebuyers in Oregon and Washington get funding for affordable homeownership. oregonlive, 18 July 2021 Some include requirements to make a vaccine available to populations in need at affordable prices, as is the case in CEPI's Moderna contract. Lori Hinnant, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Launched in 1991, Legend Homes has an established tradition of constructing affordable homes in premier communities for 30 years. Chron, 17 July 2021 Here’s a top-notch affordable chardonnay with just enough toasty oak to lift the orchard flavors of apples and pears, with a hint of citrus curd, and carry them through to a long, satisfying finish. Washington Post, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of affordable

1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affordable

afford + -able

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The first known use of affordable was in 1647

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22 Jul 2021

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“Affordable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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af·​ford·​able | \ ə-ˈfȯr-də-bəl \

Kids Definition of affordable

: within someone's ability to pay : reasonably priced an affordable bike

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Nglish: Translation of affordable for Spanish Speakers


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