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  • adv. In a passable fashion, moderately; adequately.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Tolerably; moderately.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tolerably; moderately.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. to a moderately sufficient extent or degree


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  • It was then that Mr. Sheeny detailed to me the particulars to which I have briefly adverted; and, informing me at the same time that he had a family in England who would feel obliged to me for his release, and that his most intimate friend the English ambassador would move heaven and earth to revenge his fall, he directed my attention to a portmanteau passably well filled, which he hoped would satisfy the cupidity of my troops.

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  • Such an approach had worked quite well in Europe and at least passably well in East Asia and Latin America.

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  • To these raddled, commitment-starved women, a certain Mr D Miliband resembles the archangel Gabriel; even David Cameron looks passably sweet.

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