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What Does the Suffix ABLE Mean?
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What Does the Suffix ABLE Mean?

The suffix ABLE or IBLE is very common in English. The video provides a clear definition and then 6 illustrated sentence examples so you will be able to easily answer the question: What does the suffix ABLE Mean?

Here is a transcript of the video: “Words With the Suffix ABLE | IBLE”

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The suffix ABLE or IBLE means:

able to do, can do, capable of

The clipart shows a boy in a hurdle race. He is energetic, fit, capable of physical activity.

Just a quick reminder:

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Let’s look at some examples of words with the suffix ABLE or IBLE:

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Definition: having the ability, fitness or quality needed to complete a task

From Latin capabilis – “able to grasp or hold”

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The picture shows a poor woman, smiling, and holding her young child.

Sentence example: She might be poor, with limited education, but she is a very capable mother!

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Definition: able to be seen, obvious to the eye

From Latin visibilis – “that may be seen”

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In the picture we see a narrow street in the city of Nottingham, in the UK.

Sentence example: St. Peter’s church was visible in the distance.

Note this useful collocation – visible in the distance.

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Definition: so ridiculous as to be funny, causing or deserving laughter or derision

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The picture shows an image of the human heart.

Sentence example: At one time it was a laughable idea that blood travels through the heart to be circulated throughout the body.

Note: Dr. William Harvey, a 17th century English physician, was ridiculed when he accurately described blood flow through the body.

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Definition: done by force

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In the picture we see a door with a broken window near the handle.

Sentence example: The police found signs of forcible entry.

Note: the phrase “forced entry” is also commonly used. Both forcible entry and forced entry are common collocations.

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Definition: able to be endured

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In the picture we see a patient receiving medical treatment.

Sentence example: When the doctor asked him if the treatment was causing pain, he replied: “It’s bearable!”

In other words, he is saying the pain is not so great that he can’t endure it.

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Definition: able to be controlled

From Old French manège – horsemanship, to control a horse

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The picture shows a doctor filling out a form.

Sentence example: Now, with new rules and regulations, the paperwork is barely manageable.

In other words, there has been such an increase in paperwork, doctors can hardly manage it or keep it under control as it takes so much time.

“Barely manageable” is a common collocation.

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So remember, the suffix ABLE | IBLE simply means: able to do, can do, capable of as in:



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If you asked the question: What does the suffix ABLE mean? you will probably find this entry interesting also from The Suffixes Guide:

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Slide 13 – patient

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Slide 15 – medic

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