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

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The list of accomplished and relatively affordable South and Central American players goes on and on. Patrick Brennan,, "Why FC Cincinnati will target South, Central America for building MLS roster," 10 July 2018 But while Elon Musk’s company is now set on showing EVs can also be affordable and accessible for the masses, with the minimalist Model 3, others are taking batteries and motors in the opposite direction. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Pininfarina's Back With a $2 Million Electric Hypercar," 14 July 2018 Somewhere along the line, my gray got more resistant, and the once occasional highlights gave way to single-process all-over color, which looked dull and fake but was more affordable and offered more coverage. Jessica Berger Gross, Longreads, "Gone Gray," 10 July 2018 The company is developing the air-launch system for the US Air Force Research Laboratory to serve as an affordable and flexible hypersonic testbed. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japanese rocket blows up, NASA chief ponders purpose of SLS," 6 July 2018 Refreshingly, the author is unrelenting in her criticism of this country’s lack of affordable and accessible child care. Eric Liebetrau,, "The painfully shrinking middle class," 6 July 2018 Thank you for introducing an easily accessible, affordable, luxury-like makeup brand to the world, Drew! Marci Robin, Allure, "This Drag Queen Used Makeup to Turn Into Drew Barrymore, and She Could Not Be More Thrilled," 30 June 2018 Many spoke of systematic challenges including low wages for direct caretakers, the need to ensure safe and available employment for clients and affordable and appropriate housing. Meredith Colias-pete, Post-Tribune, "Caregivers tell state group about challenges they face with disabled clients, children," 27 June 2018 Milwaukee is an affordable and easily accessible city, known for our hospitality and our actively engaged corporate community. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee submitting bid Monday to host 2020 Democratic National Convention," 18 June 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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