Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Capable of feeling or suffering; sensitive.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Capable of feeling or suffering; susceptible of impressions from external agents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Susceptible of feeling or suffering, or of impressions from external agents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Able to suffer, or feel pain.
  • adjective Able to feel emotion.
  • adjective Capable of suffering injury or detriment.
  • adjective Liable to experience change or decay.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin passibilis, from Latin passus, past participle of patī, to suffer; see pē(i)- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Anyway, it's still in passible nick with a few years left in it and we all wanted rid of it so...

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  • Anyway, it's still in passible nick with a few years left in it and we all wanted rid of it so...

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  • However, it also ends in the letters -ss, suggesting that the adjectival form should be "passible."

    Metropolis movie poster and clip in German

  • Process theism does not deny that God is in some respects eternal, immutable, and impassible, but it contradicts the classical view by insisting that God is in some respects temporal, mutable, and passible.

    Process Theism

  • That which the imagination hath taken from the sense, this agent judgeth of, whether it be true or false; and being so judged he commits it to the passible to be kept.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • His object in general is a sensible or passible quality, because the sense is affected with it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Good call not staying through Act Three, it turned from bad but passible to horrible.

    Die Fledermaus

  • If I work hard and everything comes together, I might have a passible product by early next week.

    Flash

  • The disciples of Thales and Pythagoras grant that all bodies are passible and divisible into infinity.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Aristotle gives the first place to the aether, as that which is impassible, it being a kind of a fifth body after which he placeth those that are passible, fire, air, and water, and last of all the earth.

    Essays and Miscellanies

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