Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A suffix of Latin origin, occurring in adjectives having originally a passive signification, which is retained more or less fully in adjectives accompanied by verbs derived from the infinitive or perfect participle (English -ate or -it) of the same Latin verb, as in commendable, admirable, dissoluble, etc., habitable, imitable, tolerable, navigable, etc., credible, etc., but is not obvious in adjectives not accompanied by such verbs, as in equable, delectable, horrible, terrible, ignoble, voluble, feeble, etc. In English it is felt and used as a suffix only with the preceding vowel, -able or -ible. See -able, -ible.

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Examples

  • The real trou­ble is that where pio­neers like Adrian Fer­ran and Hes­ton Blu­men­thal lead the way, too many unini­ti­ated Acolytes will fol­low and destroy the movement – see “Nou­velle Cui­sine” for a fore­shad­ow­ing of what will hap­pen.

    Food Remixed « Snarkmarket

  • To under­score, though: The only rea­son I think this project might even be pos­si­ble is that such a great, smart crew makes time for Snark­mar­ket — old and new friends alike.

    Snarkmarket Collaboration #1 « Snarkmarket

  • The trou­ble is that urban spelunk­ing is, at best, tourism, and while mak­ing more infor­ma­tion avail­able about site may well do some­thing to encourge preser­va­tion and/or ren­o­va­tion, but not much.

    Detroit Tag City? What? « Snarkmarket

  • What’s made this engi­neer­ing take­off pos­si­ble is not an increase in the sup­ply of uni­ver­si­ties financed by tax­pay­ers or for­eign donors; it’s an increase in demand for edu­ca­tion from fee-paying stu­dents — a demand to which entre­pre­neurs nat­u­rally respond.

    Demand for Education « Snarkmarket

  • Barring a significant grassroots mobilization that might change the political calculus in California, the outlook for school reform remains ble ak at the dawn of Brown's third administration.

    John Rogers: Do as I say, not as I Vote

  • Dostoévsky doúble rhymes with búbble doûble entendre * doôblon-tóndrə dòubt

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • - ík trîumph tróglodyte trombône troúble rhymes with búbble, doúble troúbleshoôt one word tróugh - óff tròunce trûe trûly * trûely trûth unvoiced - th trûths - dhz

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • = trêatíes treaty tréspass - əss * trésspass trígger-háppy tríptých - ík trîumph tróglodyte trombône troôp army = troûpe stage troúble rhymes with búbble, doúble troúbleshoôt one word tróugh - óff tròunce trûe trûly * trûely trûth unvoiced - th tsàr or czàr * zàr tsétsê, tsunàmi

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • - əss * trésspass trîal cf. trâil tríbûne tribûnal - î - triénnial (î) trîumph tróglodyte trombône troúble rhymes with búbble, doúble troúbleshoôt one word tróugh - óff tròunce trûe trûly * trûely trûth unvoiced - th trûths - dhz trŷ tsétsê, tsunàmi - it makes little difference whether or not one attempts to pronounce the initial t

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • But now -- it be tur'ble 'ard to be disapp'inted like this,

    The Broad Highway

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