variant of -able (soluble ); occurring first in words of Latin origin that came into English through French, later in words taken directly from Latin.

Middle English < Old French < Latin -bilem, accusative of -bilis (masculine and feminine) or < -bile (neuter) adj. suffix Unabridged


Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Unabridged
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