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 The wage gap is similar in each city, but even though paychecks are considerably higher in Portland housing is more affordable in Indiana. oregonlive, 6 May 2022 Back in the 1800s, hazelnuts were very affordable, says Castagna, but things are very different now. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 5 May 2022 Though lawn mowers can be an expensive investment, electric lawn mowers are often more affordable than their gas counterparts in purchase price, running costs, and maintenance needs. Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2022 Another Amazon bestseller, this one has over 34,000 five-star ratings and is more affordable than others on the market. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2022 Travis County and Williamson County were ranked as the third and fourth counties in the U.S. where homeownership was least affordable, according to a study conducted by MoneyGeek last month. Paul Best, Fox News, 3 May 2022 Unemployment is low, median incomes are high, and the cost of living and housing are affordable. Shravan Parsi, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The new VortexIQ 40 stick vacuum is very affordable at $260. Maren Estrada, BGR, 2 May 2022 Million-dollar homes spread rapidly throughout Southern California during the pandemic, becoming commonplace in communities once thought to be relatively affordable such as Highland Park and West Adams in Los Angeles County. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Affordable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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