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flammable

[flam-uh-buh l] /ˈflæm ə bəl/
adjective
1.
easily set on fire; combustible; inflammable.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; < Latin flammā(re) to set on fire + -ble
Related forms
flammability, noun
Usage note
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Examples for flammability
  • Having dealt with ethanol for many years one should not discount the flammability aspect either.
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British Dictionary definitions for flammability

flammable

/ˈflæməbəl/
adjective
1.
liable to catch fire; readily combustible; inflammable
Derived Forms
flammability, noun
Usage note
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
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Word Origin and History for flammability
flammable
1813, from L. flammare "to set on fire" + -able.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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