passable

adjective
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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Other Words from passable

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 Given that the landslide has been accelerating every year, many are skeptical the road will be passable at all next season. Time, 7 Sep. 2021 Councilman Joe Buscaino, who is running for mayor, said the ordinance would ensure that sidewalks are passable, driveways are clear and doorways are accessible. Julia Wick Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Many roads were barely passable, and traffic was chaotic, a cacophony of horns and trucks trailing black smoke. Joshuah Bearman, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021 But perhaps Triple-A outfielder Jarren Duran will do a passable impression of Ellsbury later in the season. BostonGlobe.com, 19 June 2021 There will always be agencies that cater to the lowest bidder, that do barely enough work to be passable to Google, and are dragged from one trend to the next kicking and screaming. James Parsons, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Sometimes what the game calls a quality image is barely visible and certainly not passable for printing in a newspaper, which makes for an amusing contrast. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021 Councilman Joe Buscaino, who is running for mayor, said the ordinance would ensure that sidewalks are passable, driveways are clear and doorways are accessible. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 Mango margaritas are the best of the fruit margaritas obviously, so these packs seemed like a worthy solution for a passable frozen margarita outside of a restaurant. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of passable

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

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11 Sep 2021

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“Passable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passable. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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passable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of passable

: capable of being passed, crossed, or traveled on
: good enough : adequate or satisfactory

passable

adjective
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

Other Words from passable

passably \ -​blē \ adverb

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