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Etymology edit

grade +‎ -able

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɹeɪdəbəl/
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Examples (linguistics)
  • hotter than yesterday
  • slightly out of line
  • she greatly underpaid

gradable (not comparable)

  1. Able to form degrees or grades
  2. (linguistics, of a word or phrase) Able to occur in varying degrees; able to be inflected or modified to express degrees of meaning.
    Synonym: comparable
    Antonyms: non-gradable, ungradable
    • 2007, James R. Hurford, Brendan Heasley, Michael B. Smith, Semantics: A Coursebook[1]:
      Hot and cold are gradable antonyms.
  3. steep, but still able to be climbed by a motor vehicle

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Noun edit

gradable (plural gradables)

  1. (linguistics) A word that can be inflected to specify the degree or grade of something.

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