flammable

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from inflammable, used to avoid confusion with non-flammable, as the prefix in- could be mistakenly thought to mean "un-; non-", while in fact, it's rather closely related to en-.

Adjective[edit]

flammable (comparative more flammable, superlative most flammable)

  1. Capable of burning, especially a liquid.
  2. Easily set on fire.
  3. Subject to easy ignition and rapid flaming combustion.

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Noun[edit]

flammable (plural flammables)

  1. Any flammable substance.