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[pey-uh-buh l] /ˈpeɪ ə bəl/
to be paid; due:
a loan payable in 30 days.
capable of being or liable to be paid.
Law. imposing an immediate obligation on the debtor.
an amount, bill, etc., that is to be paid.
payables, the accounts payable of a business:
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Origin of payable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see pay1, -able
Related forms
payability, payableness, noun
payably, adverb
unpayable, adjective
unpayably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for payable
Historical Examples
  • The £5 and £ 10 notes were payable to bearer on demand without interest.

    An Example of Communal Currency J. Theodore Harris
  • Endorse this cheque 'Jane Meredith' and make it payable to me personally.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The cheques are each of them payable just as they are on being presented at Coutts's.

  • This dividend was payable in capital stock and was equal to 30 per cent.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • With regard to the banker's draft, as you give me my choice, I beg you will make it payable by Germller or Schller.

  • He knew that in that case he would not wish to pay the debt in the only way in which it would be payable.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • The sum offered by the Captain was two ounces per man, one payable on enlistment, the other at the termination of the campaign.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • It was his own demand note, payable to John Starkweather and endorsed by him to Mirabelle.

    Rope Holworthy Hall
  • Miss Masters took a check-book from a drawer and drew a check, payable to Druce.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
  • He may make it payable at his bank as he would a note, if he so desires.

British Dictionary definitions for payable


(often foll by on) to be paid: payable on the third of each month
that is capable of being paid
capable of being profitable
(of a debt) imposing an obligation on the debtor to pay, esp at once
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Word Origin and History for payable

late 14c., "to be paid," from pay (v.) + -able or from Old French paiable.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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