passable

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adjective pass·able \ ˈpa-sə-bəl \

Definition of passable

1 a :capable of being passed, crossed, or traveled on
  • passable roads
b :capable of being freely circulated
2 :good enough :adequate

passably

play \ˈpa-sə-blē\ adverb

Examples of passable in a Sentence

  1. The main road is passable but most others are still covered with snow.

  2. The river is passable during the summer months.

  3. He did a passable job with the assignment.

  4. She plays passable golf but prefers tennis.

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First Known Use of passable

15th century


PASSABLE Defined for English Language Learners

passable

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adjective

Definition of passable for English Language Learners

  • : capable of being passed, crossed, or traveled on

  • : good enough : adequate or satisfactory


PASSABLE Defined for Kids

passable

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adjective pass·able \ ˈpa-sə-bəl \

Definition of passable for Students

1 :fit to be traveled on
  • passable roads
2 :barely good enough
  • Meg's hair had been passable as long as she wore it tidily in braids.
  • —Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

passably

\-blē\ adverb


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