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[suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-] /səˈpɔr tə bəl, -ˈpoʊr-/
capable of being supported; endurable; maintainable.
Origin of supportable
1525-35; support + -able
Related forms
supportability, noun
nonsupportability, noun
nonsupportable, adjective
nonsupportableness, noun
nonsupportably, adverb
unsupportable, adjective
unsupportableness, noun
unsupportably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for supportable
  • The parameter estimates become suspect and non-supportable.
  • The code or standard must be appropriate and supportable for the process in question.
  • Selection by another supervisor is not mandatory, however, reasons for nonselection must be supportable before a third party.
  • Selection by another supervisor is not mandatory, however, reasons for non-selection must be supportable before a third party.
  • Sorting out conflicting viewpoints and determining supportable conclusions are this report's primary purpose.
  • The opportunity for coercion is limited because both parties are working from informed and supportable starting points.
British Dictionary definitions for supportable


able to be supported or endured; bearable
Derived Forms
supportability, supportableness, noun
supportably, adverb
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