affordable

adjective
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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Other Words from affordable

affordability \ ə-​ˌfȯr-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
affordably \ ə-​ˈfȯr-​də-​blē \ adverb
an affordably priced car

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accessible, popular

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But as economic issues like food insecurity, unemployment, and a lack of affordable housing remain concerns nationally, the problem of student lunch debt is likely to persist. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 In 2018, amid an ongoing affordable housing, prefab manufacturer LivingHomes dove deeper into accessory dwelling units (ADUs), introducing compact designs that can act as a spare room in the backyard or a standalone tiny home. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The county’s homeless population is larger than Atlanta’s, and the need for affordable housing still outweighs supply. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, King County look to Atlanta program to entice landlords to rent to homeless, but can it work here?," 26 Dec. 2018 As far as design objets go, these ones are fairly affordable—with shipping to the U.S. included, the croissant goes for about $80. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "All I Want for Christmas Is a Light-Up Croissant," 3 Dec. 2018 The look was from very affordable brand & Other Stories. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Stepped Out in an Affordable, Eco-Friendly Dress on the Royal Tour of Australia," 22 Oct. 2018 From the beginning the price range has been set to be relatively affordable. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "How Ganni Came to Dictate Everything You Want to Wear Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 For a down-alternative option, Amazon’s own Pinzon pillows ($23 and up) are both affordable and consistently well-reviewed, and available in your choice of firm, soft, or medium varieties. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "How To Find the Perfect Pillow and Finally Get a Good Night's Sleep," 3 Oct. 2018 This year's iPad model got Apple Pencil support but not a whole lot else; it was intended to be affordable for use by education organizations, in competition with Chromebooks. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12.1 beta suggests a new iPad is coming this fall," 19 Sep. 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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affordable

adjective
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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