af·​ford·​able | \ə-ˈfȯr-də-bəl \

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 \ noun
affordably \ə-​ˈfȯr-​də-​blē \ adverb
an affordably priced car

Synonyms for affordable


accessible, popular

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Among her priorities: quality affordable health care, lower prescription drug prices, diversifying the economy, and public safety. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Reluctance to enlist the aid of a mental health professional can also include a lack of affordable and accessible health care and a lack of representation. Vanessa Willhoughby, Allure, "The Reality of Navigating the Mental Health System as a Black Woman," 13 Oct. 2018 That chasm continues today with a lack of access to appropriate and affordable care. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Taraji P. Henson Talks Mental Health 'Taboo' In Black Community," 24 Sep. 2018 Most were in European cities like Lisbon, where travel was being refashioned by the new slew of low-cost airlines like easyJet that made weekend breaks across the continent more affordable to everyone. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Hostels Became Poshtels: The Remaking of a Backpacker's Hangout," 12 Sep. 2018 Thanks to Senator Donnelly more than 2.7 million Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions still have access to affordable health care. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Worst fears realized in Trump's overseas trip — and it's not over yet," 13 July 2018 For Democrats, that meant highlighting Kavanaugh’s views on health care – not just the very real possibility that Roe v. Wade will be overturned by a more conservative Supreme Court, but the broader threat to access to affordable health care. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "After Stealing SCOTUS Seat, GOP Blasts Dems for Partisan Opposition to Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Let’s make affordable health care a priority in Florida and stop being the worst state in the nation. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 There are promises for critical transportation improvements, and Amazon’s presence offers an opportunity to push for more affordable housing. Alex Baca, Vox, "I work in urban planning. Now Amazon’s coming to my city.," 20 Nov. 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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