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[chahr-juh-buh l] /ˈtʃɑr dʒə bəl/
that may or should be charged:
chargeable duty.
liable to be accused or held responsible; indictable:
He was held chargeable for the theft.
liable to become a charge on the public.
1350-1400; Middle English; see charge, -able
Related forms
chargeableness, chargeability, noun
chargeably, adverb
nonchargeable, adjective
unchargeable, adjective Unabridged
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  • And if you help them where they are at a stand, it will more endear you to them than any chargeable toys you shall buy for them.
  • The problem is that re-chargeable systems tend to be too heavy.
  • Given the evidence collected, it was certainly not chargeable as one.
  • It's chargeable and triable that way, but a reasonable prosecutor could settle for less.
  • Absence because of illness not chargeable against vacation unless employee approves.
  • When a claimant receives benefits each employer who paid wages in the claimant's base period is potentially chargeable.
  • First, increases in salary and benefits have caused the fees chargeable for reproducing financial records to become outdated.
  • The clerk of the court of any city not within a county shall not include such fees in the bill of costs chargeable to the state.
  • Not chargeable on special promise to pay decedent's debts unless in writing.
British Dictionary definitions for chargeable


charged or liable to be charged
liable to result in a legal charge
Derived Forms
chargeableness, chargeability, noun
chargeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for chargeable

late 15c., "burdensome," from charge (v.) + -able. Sense of "subject to a tax or payment" is from 1610s; that of "liable to be made an expense" is from 1640s; that of "liable to be charged" (with an offense, etc.) is from 1660s.

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