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

Synonyms for affordable


accessible, popular

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Of course, Abloh's idea works well on a relatively affordable $500 rug, turning the notion of expensive, untouchable home design on its head. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Virgil Abloh's IKEA Rugs Are Already Going for Thousands on Ebay," 26 Apr. 2019 Chief executive Fabrizio Freda said in an earnings call last week that high-end beauty products are a relatively affordable luxury that younger Chinese shoppers keep buying, despite a decelerating national economy. Theo Francis, WSJ, "How Bad Is the China Slowdown? U.S. Companies Offer Some Answers," 11 Feb. 2019 On the other hand, the Echo is meant to provide both of those features at a relatively affordable price. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Want an Alexa device? Here’s every Amazon Echo, compared," 22 Nov. 2018 The bottom line At $89, the Luna Fofo is a great mid-range option for those looking for something beyond the entry-level Play while still being relatively affordable, compared to the $169 Luna. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "The Foreo Luna Fofo Might Be the Best Cleansing Brush I've Ever Tried," 4 Oct. 2018 The company pioneered e-commerce in Japan and now runs the popular fashion mall Zozotown, selling various, relatively affordable clothing brands. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Moonstruck Japan tycoon to blast off on 1st SpaceX trip," 18 Sep. 2018 The appeal: Artful Anglophilia, relatively affordable for the area. Jeanne Cooper,, "Suite Spot: Cameron’s Inn, Half Moon Bay," 12 July 2018 His relatively affordable appearance in Bonner Springs will be among the most irresistible events of the summer for nostalgic pop fans on limited budgets. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts June 28-July 4: Middle of the Map, Flaming Lips, Nelly, Whiskey Myers," 26 June 2018 McDaniel’s goal is to keep his amplifiers relatively affordable. Trevor Fraser,, "Notone Amplification in Orlando seeks to recreate classic sounds," 25 June 2018

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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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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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