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Partly from worthy (combining form), and partly continuing Middle English -wurthe (-able), from Old English -wierþe (-able), from Proto-Germanic *werþijaz (worthy), from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (to turn, bend). Cognate with Dutch -waardig (-worthy), German -würdig (-worthy).



  1. Of sufficient worth for; deserving of.
  2. Suitable or safe for; capable of enduring or able to bear; able to withstand.
  3. Able to be; fit to be; -able.
  4. Having the right, power, permission, or freedom to.

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