pay·​able | \ ˈpā-ə-bəl How to pronounce payable (audio) \

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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New York agreed to pay $666,667 to the Phillies to offset part of Vargas' 2019 salary, with $333,333 payable Sept. 2 and $333,334 on Oct. 1, and $250,000 to offset the assignment bonus. Rob Maaddi,, "Mets trade pitcher Jason Vargas to Phillies," 30 July 2019 Mail a check for the amount specified below payable to Fort Bend ISD. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD 2019 high school football season tickets go on sale in Aug. 12.," 26 July 2019 The cost is $35 per person, and checks can be made payable to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Snydersburg and mailed to 1616 Cape Horn Road, Hampstead, MD 21074. Shiela Johnson,, "North Carroll: Fire Company Parade returning to Hampstead; last summer demolition derby in Upperco," 22 July 2019 The terms of his original contract with the city called for a $95,000 annual salary, payable for seven years even in the event he was fired. Lex Talamo, The Seattle Times, "‘Out of office for good,’ AG Bob Ferguson says of Wapato administrator who resigned under pressure," 20 July 2019 During the first week of July, Khan issued a series of checks from TimePlus and IOI Payroll, payable to Interlogic, the suit said., "KeyBank defrauded by business customer, suit says; could lose up to $220 million," 17 July 2019 The investigator noted that several large checks had been signed by Mathews and made payable to him, the complaint said. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man sentenced to pay restitution, empty 401(k) after taking hundreds of thousands from ailing mother," 24 July 2019 Private companies owed another $138 billion in foreign currency debt payable in the next year. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due," 24 June 2019 Make out a check, payable to Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Association and mail it to Rob Geiger, PO Box 25 Loveland OH 45140. Rob Geiger/share,, "Loveland Legacy Foundation partners with Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery to get last of funding," 4 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce payable (audio) \

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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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