affordable

adjective
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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Other Words from affordable

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

Synonyms for affordable

Synonyms

accessible, popular

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External hard drives are more affordable than ever, and our eight favorite drives fit all needs, like a hard drive that can survive the elements or a powerful solid-state drive (SSD) that can store multitudes. Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best External Hard Drives To Back Up Your Digital Life," 5 Mar. 2019 Sandwiches are delicious and super affordable, and the selection of coffee drinks and beers is wide. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 However, those looking for a more affordable, waterproof Kobo device have the $179 Aura H2O to consider. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 2018 For the RAD Lab, the tipping point in the move into video games came with the availability of affordable, consumer-grade eye trackers around five years ago. Sarah Deweerdt, Science | AAAS, "Can science-based video games help kids with autism?," 22 June 2018 The most affordable of the bunch looks surprisingly satisfying. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Lenovo's latest IdeaPads offer Intel, AMD, and an Nvidia mystery," 24 Feb. 2019 In the past year, Seattle has adopted new rights for domestic workers, committed large sums of money to affordable housing and moved toward a regional approach on homelessness, the mayor said. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "State of the City: Durkan praises Seattle snow response, touts free ORCA passes," 20 Feb. 2019 Baltimore City continued to be the most affordable, with prices up 3.7 percent to $170,000. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "With inventory tight, home prices continue to rise in Baltimore region," 11 July 2018 The construction is focused around public transportation centers, and, in some cases, cities are allowing heights to rise beyond original zoning rules as a reward for builders who contribute more to affordable housing. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019

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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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