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 But there is a logic to a life spent between a city job and a home in some quiet, affordable spot. The Economist, "Intercity commuters are a puzzle for Chinese officials," 27 Feb. 2021 Texas’ deregulated energy market promised reliable power at a more affordable cost. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Life in a post-vaccine world," 25 Feb. 2021 Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell avoided talking directly about the coronavirus relief package, leaving policy decisions to Congress, but took the unusual step of discussing affordable childcare. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, "As celebrities promote a "Marshall Plan for Moms," efforts to help parents gain steam in Washington," 25 Feb. 2021 Keurig has a more affordable price point and some user-friendly features that might appeal to casual coffee drinkers. Katy Severson,, "Keurig vs. Nespresso: which should you buy?," 22 Feb. 2021 This Etekcity digital scale has racked up more than 65,000 five-star ratings from Amazon customers thanks to its lightweight design, accurate readings, and affordable price point. Rebecca Carhart,, "The 11 Best Bathroom Scales, According to Thousands of Customer Reviews," 18 Feb. 2021 This thermal underwear suit comes at an affordable price point. Field & Stream, "Best Thermal Underwear: Smart Base Layers for Cold Weather," 20 Jan. 2021 As a similar version to our all-time favorite knife set under $100, the Cuisinart C77TR-15P collection 15-piece knife set, we were impressed with its affordable price point and equally awesome quality to match. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 20 Dec. 2020 This common obstacle led her and her business partner and friend Caitlin Ellen to found Sabai Design, a direct-to-consumer company that sells sustainable furniture at a relatively affordable price point. Olivia Harrison,, "How Sabai Design’s Founders Used Instagram To Build A Sustainable Furniture Brand," 16 Dec. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Affordable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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