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[uh-fawr-duh-buh l] /əˈfɔr də bəl/
that can be afforded; believed to be within one's financial means:
attractive new cars at affordable prices.
Usually, affordables. items, expenses, etc., that one can afford:
a variety of affordables for your gift list.
Origin of affordable
1865-70; afford + -able
Related forms
affordability, noun
affordably, adverb
unaffordability, noun
unaffordable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But it has a way to go yet in terms of both affordability and brightness.
  • Customers will ultimately decide which fuel they buy based on affordability and performance.
  • Optimists point out that some measures of housing affordability have dramatically improved.
  • The first is the price-to-income ratio, a gauge of affordability.
  • Yet the high rate of repayment is the best evidence of affordability.
  • Presumably he was not familiar with the idea of combining two variables-prices and wages-to make a third-affordability.
  • The key will be to aim for simplicity and affordability.
  • In fact, the affordability of tobacco has not changed greatly in the past ten years, while cigarette smuggling has halved.
  • But the psychological impact on many urban residents of the car's sudden affordability has been considerable.
  • Despite the affordability of the region, there are certain times to stretch your dollar even further.
Word Origin and History for affordability



1866, from afford + -able. Related: Affordability; affordably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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