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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Late Middle English, late 14th century


Capable of feeling or suffering.


Susceptible to sensation or emotion; impressionable.

Examples of Passible in a sentence

"Quentin was a sweet, passible child."

"Amy’s compassionate, passible temperament made her a great confidante."

About Passible

It’s easy to mistake “passible” with “passable” since they sound alike, there is only one letter of difference in spelling, and they are both adjectives. While “passible” is rooted in Christian theology and means susceptible to heightened sensation and intense emotion, “passable” means either “just good enough to be acceptable; satisfactory” or a route that is “clear of obstacles and able to be traveled along or on.”

Did you Know?

This word stems from Middle English and comes from the Old French “passible.” It is a direct descendant of the Late Latin “passibilis,” meaning "capable of feeling or suffering."

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