flammable

[flam-uh-buhl]
adjective
easily set on fire; combustible; inflammable.

Origin:
1805–15; < Latin flammā(re) to set on fire + -ble

flammability, noun


See inflammable.
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flammable (ˈflæməbəl)
 
adj
liable to catch fire; readily combustible; inflammable
 
usage  Flammable and inflammable are interchangeable when used of the properties of materials. Flammable is, however, often preferred for warning labels as there is less likelihood of misunderstanding (inflammable being sometimes taken to mean not flammable). Inflammable is preferred in figurative contexts: this could prove to be an inflammable situation
 
flamma'bility
 
n

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flammable
1813, from L. flammare "to set on fire" + -able.
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Having dealt with ethanol for many years one should not discount the flammability aspect either.
New flammability regulation for mattresses, renewed.
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