break·​able | \ˈbrā-kə-bəl \

Definition of breakable 

: capable of being broken

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Other Words from breakable

breakable noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for breakable


delicate, fragile, frail, frangible


nonbreakable, strong, sturdy, tough, unbreakable

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Examples of breakable in a Sentence

a world record that may not be breakable elderly people's bones can be highly breakable if they haven't gotten enough calcium during their lifetimes

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Container Materials Each type of container has merits and disadvantages: Clay or terra-cotta containers are attractive but breakable and are easily damaged by freezing and thawing. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know About Container Gardening," 1 June 2017 Liverpool may have held the clean sheet at home, but its defense is breakable. Avi Creditor,, "Does Any Trailing Team Have a Comeback Shot in Champions League Quarterfinals?," 6 Apr. 2018 The motif is less about breakable little somethings than breaking the sartorial ceiling. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, ""Crystal Ball" co-chair Stephanie Cockrell models a custom Miles David frock," 31 Jan. 2018 The algorithms use machine learning to test out new combinations—for example, shipping a breakable item in a smaller box with less cushioning. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Amazon Puzzles Over the Perfect Fit—in Boxes," 20 Dec. 2017 Here are 15 that might appear breakable, but aren't going off the books. 22 Victories and 12 losses for Florida coach Jim McElwain, who coached his last game for the Gators in Saturday's 42-7 loss to Georgia. Mark Inabinett,, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 from Week 9," 31 Oct. 2017 Here are 15 that might appear breakable, but aren't going off the books. Mark Inabinett,, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Top 10 from Week 8," 24 Oct. 2017 And the chocolate bars, sliced into breakable pieces, give no hint of irregularity when outside their wrappers. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Have your cake and eat it, too! Louisville entrepreneur creates line of 'guilt-free' desserts," 19 Sep. 2017 The code talkers created a special code that wasn't breakable by the Axis powers. Erin Edgemon,, "Mountain Brook native enters elite CDC training program," 26 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of breakable

1570, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of breakable was in 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of breakable

: possible to break : able to be broken

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