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 passably (audio) \ adverb

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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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First Known Use of passable

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

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“Passable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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