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

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Recent Examples on the Web Marin, for generations, has opposed development, leaving the North Bay with a severe shortage of affordable housing. Rachel Swan,, "Bike lane causes traffic misery for teachers on Richmond-San Rafael Bridge," 3 Feb. 2020 But not everyone is on board, especially as many fear affordable housing could strain their neighborhood infrastructure. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Listen: A home for every income," 31 Jan. 2020 Travaux is considering financing options, including a loan from either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac — private companies chartered by Congress to finance affordable housing. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown apartment high-rise site to be sold by Milwaukee Housing Authority for $1,885,000," 31 Jan. 2020 Bloomberg, New York’s former three-term mayor, is to deliver a speech outlining his plan to create affordable housing and ease the homeless crisis that is posing challenges for large cities across the country, including the nation’s capital. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to endorse Mike Bloomberg for president," 30 Jan. 2020 The homeless issues in California has prompted President Trump to threaten federal intervention if the state is unable to deal with the crisis, which has been exacerbated by the lack of affordable housing. Fox News, "Which states have the largest homeless populations?," 30 Jan. 2020 Zaferiou was, in many ways, the perfect patron: Erdman and Wright’s prefab homes were designed as affordable housing for war vets, and being a WWII veteran himself, the owner had a deep appreciation for the architect’s vision. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Inside the Incredible Renovation of Frank Lloyd Wright Prefab House," 30 Dec. 2019 The Unnatural Diamond An affordable, high-quality gemstone in any color imaginable? Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "8 Predictions for the Future of Fashion," 17 Jan. 2020 But no one has yet solved the billion-dollar question in the early childhood development field: How can the care and education of young children be organized in an affordable, high-quality, and developmentally appropriate way around the world? Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "“There is a great awakening happening”: The contentious role of religion in educating kids," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Affordable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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