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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All checks should be made payable to UConn Health c/o Neag Oncology IP Unit and sent to: Wanita Thorpe c/o Carole and Ray Neag Cancer Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030-1834., "Marilyn Lennehan," 16 June 2019 If, through the bankruptcy proceeding, the loan is still payable, just restructured over a different time period, the loan would not be forgiven and not taxable., "Interest earned from annuity taxable," 13 June 2019 The deferred money is payable on July 1 in the 15th year after it was earned, making the first deferred payment due in 2035 and the option year money due in 2039. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Mets, deGrom agree to $137.5 million, 5-year deal," 27 Mar. 2019 There is an additional $90 per person, per stay entrance fee, payable at the hotel. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Want to see Havasu Falls but hate camping? Havasupai Lodge reservations open June 1 for 2019," 22 May 2018 Admission: $2 per person, payable at the entrance to Amelia Island State Park. Bob Rountree,, "The Talbot Islands: paradise on the edge," 10 Apr. 2018 Yes, that would be viewed by the Internal Revenue Service as a direct transfer, as long as the check is made payable to the charity and not the account holder. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "It’s Time to Rethink the Meaning of Estate Plans," 18 Oct. 2018 Any individual, organization or groups able to assist in this effort are requested to make checks payable to: Payless Back-to-School Shoe Program and are fully tax deductible. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 2 July 2018 Entry fee is $5, payable at the door, but please RSVP to reserve your ticket by contacting Calvary Lutheran at 410-489-5280 or Jennifer at Kerry Plummer,, "Dancing for better health [Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock]," 6 July 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 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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