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adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition: not easily worn out; long-lasting; sturdy.
These boots are made of durable leather and have lasted me for years.This furniture looks nice, but it's not very durable.
delicate, fragile, short-lived, weak
similar words:
enduring, lasting, long-lasting, permanent, robust, serviceable, sound, stout, strong, substantial, tough
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adverb + (adj.)durable extremely, highly, incredibly, less, more, most, plenty, remarkably, sufficiently, surprisingly
(adj.)durable + adverb easy, enough, relatively
(adj.)durable + noun alloy, alternative, aluminum, asset, attorney, automobile, bamboo, bike, boot, cease-fire, clothing, coalition, coating, composite, connector, construction, container, cover, design, disc, disposition, enamel, equipment, extension, exterior, fabric, finish, foam, genre, good, leather, legacy, linen, maintenance, manufacturing, material, medium, membrane, metal, notebook, nylon, organisation, pack, paint, panel, partnership, peace, performer, plastic, polyester, power, product, regime, repellent, settlement, shoe, solution, starter, statute, steel, storage, surface, survivor, teak, tent, toy, vinyl, wood, wool [See all][See only the most frequent]
part of speech: noun
definition: (pl.) durable goods, such as cars and machines, that are not immediately consumed or readily worn out.
derivations: durably (adv.), durability (n.), durableness (n.)
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The word durable contains the following part:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable