charge·​able ˈchär-jə-bəl How to pronounce chargeable (audio)
archaic : financially burdensome : expensive
: liable to be charged: such as
: liable to be accused or held responsible
: suitable to be charged to a particular account
: qualified to be made a charge on the county or parish

Examples of chargeable in a Sentence

The business lunch was chargeable to the company. an act chargeable under federal law
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Word History


Middle English, "burdensome, distressing, serious, liable (for payments, taxes collected)," from Anglo-French chargeable, charchable "weighty, important, liable to be charged," from charger "to load, burden, call to account" + -able -able — more at charge entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chargeable was in the 15th century

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“Chargeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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