pay·​able | \ˈpā-ə-bəl \

Definition of payable 

1 : that may, can, or must be paid

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Examples of payable in a Sentence

She charges her patients $3,000, payable in installments. keep the bills payable separate from the receipts

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The language appeared to apply to cases in which an award of at least $30 million would be payable under current rules. Henry Cutter, WSJ, "SEC Seeks Right to Cut Whistleblower Bounties," 28 June 2018 Checks can be made payable to and sent to Partners With Paws, P.O. Box 277, Oberlin, OH 44074 or call 440-897-8696 with your credit card information. Julie A. Short/special To,, "New upscale-casual bar, restaurant opens in Avon Lake: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 7 Jan. 2018 To get extended supervision, Ramirez ordered him to pay $1,150 payable to the Waukesha narcotics and vice unit and $268 in court costs. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis man get 6 years in prison for selling heroin that killed 20-year-old," 11 July 2018 To register, mail the registration form along with a $40 check made payable to AHM: AHM Youth Services, Attn: FRC, 25 Pendleton Dr., Hebron, CT 06248. Courant Community, "Community News For The Hebron Edition," 2 July 2018 The new dividend will be payable Sept. 12 to shareholders of record as of Aug. 20. Tom Murphy,, "Walgreens tops 3Q expectations, hikes dividend," 28 June 2018 In 2015, then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced a plan to give the authority $50 million — payable in two installments — to help make Dulles Airport more competitive. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "Head of National and Dulles is among highest-paid U.S. airport executives," 16 June 2018 Or not quite unfailingly: The existence of billions of dollars of gold bonds—bonds payable in dollars of the old gold value—threatened the Warren system. James Grant, WSJ, "‘American Default’ Review: A New Deal for Gold," 28 May 2018 There's a total of $4.5 million deferred on that deal, payable beginning in 2020 in three installments. Jon Meoli,, "Don't buy sticker price: Orioles' use of deferred money in contracts helped land Cobb," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of payable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of payable

: possible or necessary to pay


pay·​able | \ˈpā-ə-bəl \

Kids Definition of payable

: that may, can, or must be paid Rent is payable monthly.



Legal Definition of payable 

: that may, can, or must be paid

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