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
Recent Examples on the Web Please include the cover date of the issue, and a check or an international postal money order payable to The New Yorker. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Frequently Asked Questions," 12 June 2020 The money will be paid in the form of no-interest loans payable over 24 or 36 months. Sierra Newton,, "Heart Land: Harrison woman has banner year as she seeks to honor 'Hometown Heroes'," 11 June 2020 The Plano Housing Authority proposed paying $900,000 for the property, payable in annual installments of $45,000. Teri Webster, Dallas News, "Plano City Council narrowly rejects sale of land to housing authority," 10 June 2020 Fees in both auctions are payable by the Monero digital currency. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Ransomware gang is auctioning off victims’ confidential data," 2 June 2020 The burgeoning joblessness of the Depression prompted them to march to demand that the bonus become immediately payable. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: After Hoover’s police, like Trump’s, assaulted peaceful protesters, he lost reelection," 2 June 2020 Until then, contributors can make checks payable to The Skylar Herbert Memorial Fund and send them to Chemical Bank, 333 W. Fort St., Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48226. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Memorial fund set up for Skylar Herbert, 5-year-old who died from COVID-19 complications," 22 Apr. 2020 Eligible employees will receive a $500 bonus, payable in the first week of July. New York Times, "The U.S. Sought Passenger Data, but Airlines Said No," 31 Mar. 2020 Make checks payable to the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. (PCCGH) and mail to Mrs. Nancy Yiznitsky, 87 Montclair Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of payable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of payable was in the 14th century

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26 Jun 2020

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“Payable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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