2. [syn: adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerable]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Passable \Pass"a*ble\, a. [Cf. F. passable.]
1. Capable of being passed, traveled, navigated, traversed,
penetrated, or the like; as, the roads are not passable;
the stream is passablein boats.
His body's a passable carcass if it be not hurt; it
is a throughfare for steel. --Shak.
2. Capable of being freely circulated or disseminated;
acceptable; generally receivable; current.
With men as with false money -- one piece is more or
less passable than another. --L'Estrange.
Could they have made this slander passable.
3. Such as may be accepted or allowed to pass without serious
objection; adequate; acceptable; tolerable; admissable;
[1913 Webster +PJC]
My version will appear a passable beauty when the
original muse is absent. --Dryden.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: able to be passed or traversed or crossed; "the road is
passable" [ant: impassable, unpassable]
2: about average; acceptable; "more than adequate as a
secretary" [syn: adequate, passable, fair to middling,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "passable":
OK, acceptable, accessible, adequate, admissible, agreeable,
all right, allowable, alright, attainable, average,
better than nothing, betwixt and between, decent, dull, fair,
fair to middling, fairish, good enough, goodish, indifferent,
insipid, lackluster, mediocre, medium, middling, moderate, modest,
namby-pamby, navigable, negotiable, not amiss, not bad,
not half bad, not so bad, of a kind, of a sort, of sorts, okay,
open, presentable, pretty good, reachable, respectable,
satisfactory, so so, so-so, sufficient, tedious, tenable, tidy,
tolerable, traversable, unblocked, unexceptionable, unexceptional,
unobjectionable, unobstructed, vapid, viable, wishy-washy,