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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While gluten-free breads and beers can be a bit more tricky to source, there are tons of delicious and affordable gluten-free pastas out there. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "7 Gluten-Free Pastas That Actually Taste Amazing," 6 June 2019 According to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, there’s a national shortage of seven million affordable and available rental homes. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "New affordable housing bill aims to add 1.9M units nationwide," 5 June 2019 The group said: By capping the Universal Service Fund, how will the commission make quality services available at just, reasonable, and affordable rates—especially in hard-to-serve rural areas? Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai works to cap funding for rural and poor people, gets GOP backing," 4 June 2019 Maintain history of the river and preserve access to affordable and diverse neighborhoods, enhancing the character of existing communities. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The future of the White River is in your hands. Here's what you need to know.," 4 June 2019 Land Rover spreads some love to its smallest and most affordable SUV, the Discovery Sport, with several significant improvements for 2020. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Adds Style and a Hybrid Model," 21 May 2019 Giving to Planned Parenthood allows for the organization to continue to provide free or affordable reproductive health care and abortions to people all over the country. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Where to Donate and How to Help Keep Abortion Legal," 17 May 2019 Itʼs an easy and affordable option to add personality to Ikea’s popular modular pieces. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Design a Bachelor Pad That Isn’t a Total Cliché," 15 May 2019 In simple terms, the people most affected by food deserts are those who don’t have access to large grocery stores where healthy options are available and affordable. Jessica Booth, Redbook, "Everything You Need To Know About Food Deserts," 29 Apr. 2019

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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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