pass·​able | \ ˈpa-sə-bəl How to pronounce passable (audio) \

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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passably \ ˈpa-​sə-​blē How to pronounce passable (audio) \ adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web In Memphis, Tennessee, snow started falling Sunday afternoon, and while main roads were still passable, lines formed during the day at grocery stores as people rushed to stock up. Tim Darnell, ajc, "More than 2 million without power in Texas as snow, ice blanket southern Plains," 15 Feb. 2021 Ultimately, what looked to be a passable performance devolved into Dallas' worse fears being realized, as Steele was the primary reason Dallas struggled to move the ball on the final drive. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: How did the Cowboys' rookie starters fare against the LA Rams?," 16 Sep. 2020 And Griffin, with his passing and passable shooting, seemingly would be a quality complement. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: As Giannis arrives with extension in hand, do Heat thoughts turn to Kawhi, Blake? | Commentary," 26 Dec. 2020 The only major downside is their mic quality, which is passable but not ideal for calls. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica ultimate holiday gift guide 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 Roads in this zone, if this forecast plays out, would probably be passable but could see some slick spots during heavy bursts of precipitation and when temperatures drop overnight Wednesday. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Heavy snow expected in D.C. region’s far western areas Wednesday, a messy mix elsewhere," 14 Dec. 2020 The central question may be whether America has – in the nearly 12 years since Obama first took office – lost the capacity to install effective, or at least passable, governance. Terry Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, "Obama memoir ‘A Promised Land’ delivers earnest self-reflection," 14 Dec. 2020 In today’s pace-and-space N.B.A., not being a passable shooter can be a hindrance to offenses. New York Times, "What’s the Deal With Russell Westbrook?," 4 Dec. 2020 The proposal amounts to Europe’s best chance to draw up a passable arrangement for how to handle new arrivals five years after a historic wave of people came to the continent seeking protection. Washington Post, "E.U. proposes immigration deal that would require countries to take a share of asylum-seekers or assist in deportations," 23 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of passable

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

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“Passable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce passable (audio) \

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

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passably \ -​blē \ adverb

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