What Does The Suffix Able Mean?


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The suffix able mean was able to do something
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The word "-able" is a suffix that is used widely in the English language. It is very similar to the suffix "-ible". Both these suffixes mean the exact same thing and are pronounced in similar ways but are spelt differently. The suffix "-able" comes from the Middle English and was taken from the Old French. It was originally derived from the Latin suffix "-abilis". The suffix "-able" is added at the end of words to denote a worthiness, susceptibility and capability of certain specific actions and it is also used to denote an inclination towards some specified action or state. Examples of the suffix being used includes changeable for change, Sizeable for size, debatable for debate, questionable for question, knowable for know, clickable for click etc.

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