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Definition of "passable" []

  • That can be passed, traversed, or crossed; navigable: a passable road. (adjective)
  • Acceptable for general circulation: passable currency. (adjective)
  • Satisfactory but not outstanding; adequate: The actors gave passable performances but the singers seemed unrehearsed. (adjective)
  • That can be legislated: a passable bill. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "passable" in a sentence
  • "(END VIDEOTAPE) MOOS: Now, since everyone is always being asked to create new passwords, we thought we would come up with a list of what we called passable tips for creating new passwords."
  • ""No, thank you;" the senior lieutenant, in passable English, declined the invitation to enter."
  • "No, it's located interally, as she just tries to crank out something passable from the larynx."