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

  • adj. Capable of feeling or suffering; sensitive: a passible type of personality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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.


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

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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


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

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  • 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.

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  • Zeno son of Mnaseas, the native of Citium, avers these to be principles, God and matter, the first of which is the efficient cause, the other the passible and receptive.

    Essays and Miscellanies


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