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[bil-uh-buh l] /ˈbɪl ə bəl/
that may or should be billed:
Attorneys put in hundreds of billable hours on the case.
an active customer account.
Origin of billable
1570-80; bill1 + -able
Related forms
nonbillable, adjective
unbillable, adjective Unabridged
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  • And, in the end, our own consulting firm will only need to charge eleven billable hours.
  • Some accounting, consulting and law firms are also scrapping the billable hour, often at the request of their clients.
  • Few managing partners know their firm's profit per billable hour, even though that is the main product law firms sell.
  • If this catches on, it will spell the end of the billable hour.
  • Note that automating discovery has cost some firms lots of billable hours.
  • Most such disputes produce little more than mounting billable hours from lawyers.
  • These kids are as tightly scheduled as a lawyer chasing billable hours.
  • Then you must figure out how many billable hours you will work in a year.
  • In order to bill, there must be two billable services within the calendar month.
  • In addition, new patients are diagnosed with diabetes and kidney disease each year, adding even more billable hours.
British Dictionary definitions for billable


referring to time worked, esp by a lawyer, on behalf of a particular client and for which that client will be expected to pay: a timesheet of my billable hours
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Word Origin and History for billable

1570s, from bill (v.) + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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