break·​able | \ ˈbrā-kə-bəl How to pronounce breakable (audio) \

Definition of breakable

: capable of being broken

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breakable noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web Everything has its own drawer with soft-close slides, so that John can see exactly what's inside and avoid damaging any breakable items when closing them shut. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Get an Inside Look at Preppy Kitchen's Custom-Built Pantry and China Hutch," 18 Aug. 2020 Depending on the age of a client's kids, Warner also suggests placing valuable framed pieces up high where little hands can't reach it, and staying away from breakable sculptures. Lauren Jones, House Beautiful, "A Historic San Francisco House Gets a Modern—and Kid-Proof—Update," 6 July 2020 Snow crab leg shells are breakable enough for simply cracking open with your hands. Mary Tomlinson, Southern Living, "What’s the Difference Between Snow Crab and King Crab?," 2 July 2020 The Galaxy Fold, a 4.6 inch-smartphone that opens up into a 7.3-inch tablet, went on sale last fall after several months of delays, following early complaints of constantly flickering displays and an easily breakable folding screen. Rishi Iyengar, CNN, "Samsung's Galaxy S20 lineup packs better cameras, battery life and built-in 5G," 11 Feb. 2020 But because jars are heavy and breakable, shipping them doesn’t make much sense for smaller companies like Lance’s. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "Why Aren't More Backcountry Foods Packaged Sustainably?," 21 Jan. 2020 In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "How to keep kids safe around your holiday decorations," 19 Dec. 2019 The business accepts donations of breakable items, too. Deborah Storey | For, al, "Got stress? Try Huntsville’s ‘Rage Room’," 2 Dec. 2019 There are also simple things that must be done when living with cats, like making sure indoor cats don't run out the door, keeping toilet lids down, and keeping breakable things out of their reach. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Spouse keeps stealing my subs," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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29 Aug 2020

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“Breakable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of breakable

: possible to break : able to be broken

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