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pass·a·ble

 (păs′ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Capable of being passed, traversed, or crossed; navigable: a passable road.
2. Acceptable for general circulation: passable currency.
3. Satisfactory but not outstanding; adequate: The actors gave passable performances, but the singers seemed unrehearsed.
4. Capable of being enacted: a passable bill.

pass′a·bly adv.

passably

(ˈpɑːsəblɪ)
adv
1. fairly; somewhat
2. acceptably; well enough: she sings passably.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.passably - to a moderately sufficient extent or degree; "pretty big"; "pretty bad"; "jolly decent of him"; "the shoes are priced reasonably"; "he is fairly clever with computers"

passably

adverb fairly, rather, relatively, somewhat, moderately, pretty, adequately, tolerably, acceptably She's always done passably well in school.
Translations

passably

[ˈpɑːsəblɪ] ADVpasablemente
he spoke passably good Frenchhablaba francés bastante bien
she's doing passably well at schoollos estudios le van bastante bien

passably

adv (+adj) → einigermaßen, leidlich; (+vb) → ganz passabel; she sings passably wellsie singt ganz passabel

passably

[ˈpɑːsəblɪ] adv (tolerably) → discretamente, passabilmente
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes he fell and cut himself; sometimes he lay all day long in his little bunk at one side of the companion; sometimes for a day or two he would be almost sober and attend to his work at least passably.
At one time I was climbing up the quarterdeck when the vessel's stem was in the sky; I was smoking a cigar and feeling passably comfortable.
Blanche was passably attractive and passably intelligent, and no more.
I amuse myself by paying a few compliments to a schoolgirl for whom I do not care two straws more than for any agreeable and passably clever woman I meet.
Then he is much changed," said D'Artagnan; "you and I have known him passably profane.
But the curious thing was that he had never learnt to speak French passably, and he kept in his shabby clothes bought at La Belle Jardiniere an ineradicably English appearance.
I answered that I was very sure I liked it passably well; I was not joking.
They seemed to take no heed of her presence, and talked of her aloud, to her face, as of something unclean, abject, and yet, at the same time, passably pretty.
We learned both languages passably well, and we learned them wholly in the saddle or in camp.
He was slightly dishevelled at the moment, and his hair stood up in a disordered mop; but in spite of these drawbacks, he was quite passably good-looking.
Sanders needs to do at least passably well there if he wants to make a strong showing in New York overall.
For some years, youth and its accompanying energy allowed us to stay passably organised.