pass·​able | \ˈpa-sə-bəl \

Definition of passable 

1a : capable of being passed, crossed, or traveled on passable roads

b : capable of being freely circulated

2 : good enough : adequate

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Other Words from passable

passably \ ˈpa-​sə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of passable in a Sentence

The main road is passable but most others are still covered with snow. The river is passable during the summer months. He did a passable job with the assignment. She plays passable golf but prefers tennis.
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Although some roads were closed off for safety reasons, Police Chief Eric Guenther said all streets were passable by 11 p.m. Tuesday. Rick Kambic,, "Parts of Mundelein underwater day after village lays out long-term flood prevention efforts," 27 June 2018 The Jersey Shore sky did a passable imitation of the ocean beneath late Sunday, creating quite a celestial show. Anthony R. Wood,, "A spectacular 'bore:' Rare cloud formation visits Jersey Shore," 21 May 2018 Back in the ‘90s rom-com boom, two scraggly assistants who sometimes look vaguely under-showered wouldn’t be passable heroes., "Set It Up Is Not Only The Rom-Com Millennials Want, It’s The One They Need," 20 June 2018 Roads in DeKalb and Jackson counties have been declared passable again after crews treated them this morning. Ashley Remkus,, "Road conditions improving in northeast Alabama; slick spots remain," 8 Jan. 2018 As of the last count, there were still 59 county roads and city streets that are either impassable or passable but damaged, Weingarten said. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "U.P. roads receive $2 million in federal aid after disastrous storm," 3 July 2018 Maple Walnut KB: Perfectly passable but not memorable. Kara Baskin,, "The best flavors of ice cream at Toscanini’s," 29 May 2018 Woody Mountain Road is washboard-rough but passable by sedan. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Flagstaff hike: Rogers Trail hike is a lovely walk in the woods," 5 July 2018 Making our sidewalks passable and pleasant is essential, but if there’s no knowledge of where these folks are going, how will the city prevent new encampments from popping up a few blocks over? Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘He really loves the job’: Could SF interim Mayor Mark Farrell return?," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of passable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of passable was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of passable

: capable of being passed, crossed, or traveled on

: good enough : adequate or satisfactory


pass·​able | \ˈpa-sə-bəl \

Kids Definition of passable

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

Other Words from passable

passably \ -​blē \ adverb

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