af·​ford·​able ə-ˈfȯr-də-bəl How to pronounce affordable (audio)
: 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]
affordability noun
affordably adverb
an affordably priced car

Examples of affordable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lawsuit seeks to rescind three executive orders issued by Bass as part of the homelessness emergency, two of which were written to speed up the city’s review and approval of homeless shelters and affordable housing. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 This affordable pick is weather and corrosion resistant despite being cheaper than other options. Nor'adila Hepburn, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2023 Access to affordable housing improves things for everyone. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023 That disparity in pacing could alter the economic diversity of the area, which was already low on affordable housing. Elizabeth Shogren, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Sep. 2023 Beyond a good flight deal, fall is one of the best and most affordable times to visit Europe. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 25 Sep. 2023 Taylor spent much of her term pushing to bring a casino to the struggling city, and Adams — who dropped out of her primary before almost immediately reversing course — has emphasized affordable housing and paid sick leave. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 Meanwhile people like Libby, the Worcester woman facing eviction at the end of September, are desperate to find affordable housing. Todd Wallack, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 As protests against waves of migrants coming into the city grow louder and larger, and New York’s Democrats cannot seem to settle on a path forward, the city’s shelter population has exploded to over 100,000 people — all while affordable housing lags pitifully behind demand. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


afford + -able

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affordable was in 1647

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“Affordable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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