pass·​able ˈpa-sə-bəl How to pronounce passable (audio)
: capable of being passed, crossed, or traveled on
passable roads
: capable of being freely circulated
: good enough : adequate
passably adverb

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Passable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


pass·​able ˈpas-ə-bəl How to pronounce passable (audio)
: capable of being passed, crossed, or traveled on
passable roads
: barely good enough : tolerable
a passable imitation
passably adverb

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