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 passably (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for passable


navigable, negotiable


impassable (also impassible), unnegotiable, unpassable

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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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To be fair, Caldwell-Pope is exactly the kind of player — a defensive stopper at shooting guard that is at least a passable shooter, and who is coming off a career best 38.9 percent mark from 3-point range — that fits next to James. Tim Bontemps,, "Free agency has altered the Western Conference, but not enough to seriously threaten the Warriors," 5 July 2018 Luckily, there is more than one way to fix a phone, ranging from passable to perfect. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How To Repair a Cracked Phone Screen," 28 Dec. 2018 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% 0:00 / 0:17 Watch snowplow drivers in action as storm slams Sierra Advertisement Snowplows are out in force Thursday morning to keep the Sierra roadways passable for motorists. Benjy Egel, Tony Bizjak And Dale Kasler, sacbee, "Caltrans partially reopens I-80," 1 Mar. 2018 This Acer has 4 gigs of RAM, a 32-GB hard drive, a 12-hour battery, and a passable Intel Celeron processor. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "The Very Best Laptops of 2018," 15 Nov. 2018 These coarse, highly textured types of fiber can remain surprisingly intact even after chewing, which leaves quite a job for the digestive system organs to break down into passable particle sizes. SELF, "Why This Registered Dietitian Tells (Some of) Her Patients to Avoid Kale Salads," 30 Nov. 2018 But as climate change gets more severe, the Arctic Circle might become more passable. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Container Ship Is Sailing Through the Arctic for the First Time," 18 Sep. 2018 Cooper asked displaced residents Saturday to resist the urge to return now and wait until the storm clears out and roads are passable. Gary D. Robertson, Fox News, "As Florence moves west, North Carolina prepares for recovery," 15 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of passable

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

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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

Other Words from passable

passably \ -​blē \ adverb

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