[pas-uh-buh l, pah-suh-] /ˈpæs ə bəl, ˈpɑ sə-/

capable of being through, beyond, or over; fit to be traversed, penetrated, crossed, etc., as a road, forest, or stream.
adequate; acceptable:
a passable knowledge of French.
capable of being circulated legally or having a valid currency, as a coin.
capable of being or liable to be ratified or enacted:
passable legislation.
adequate, fair, or acceptable: a passable speech
(of an obstacle) capable of being passed or crossed
(of currency) valid for general circulation
(of a proposed law) able to be ratified or enacted

early 15c., “that may be crossed,” from pass (v.) + -able, or from Old French passable “fordable, affording passage” (14c.). Sense of “tolerable” is first attested late 15c. Related: Passably.


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