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I have an entity and I would like to describe it as being able to be archived.

Is it archivable, archiveable (which seem OK for me but no wiktionary.org results) or something else?

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@RegDwight I know the rule to create words like this but I know there are exceptions I could not find this word unfortunately. –  KARASZI István Feb 9 '11 at 10:52

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Archivable is correct. -e more often than not drops off when adding -able (it varies a lot, mostly based on whether the word looks better with or without the e; I wouldn't say this is a case that greatly calls for keeping it, and the Google stats tend to indicate others agree).

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Simply correct or are there any better? :) –  KARASZI István Feb 9 '11 at 10:48
    
@KARASZI István: If what you mean is that something can be archived, "archivable" is as good as it gets. –  chaos Feb 9 '11 at 10:51
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"Generally drops off" is a bold claim. Borrowing a leaf from ShreevatsaR: "tradeable, smokeable, driveable, shareable, canoeable, diagnoseable, disagreeable, dislikeable, fireable, foreseeable, handleable, hireable, machineable, microwaveable, removeable, settleable, throttleable, unforeseeable, unnameable, upgradeable, whistleable". And in British English: "likeable, liveable, rateable, saleable, sizeable, unshakeable". –  RegDwigнt Feb 9 '11 at 10:53
    
@RegDwight: Well, I'd see that and raise you, but there are 69 words in a Debian /usr/share/dict/words that do appear to be formed by dropping -e and adding -able (excluding words formed by dropping more than a -e, like abominable), and the list is more than a hundred characters too long to post in a comment. I think you're right that "generally" is too much to say, though; it had been nagging at me too. –  chaos Feb 9 '11 at 11:08
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@HorusKol: canoeing, disagreeing, foreseeing. I think a rule for "ing" is if the word ends in two vowels, you leave them both. –  Peter Shor Oct 5 '11 at 20:01

It is archivable, in the same way from cite you get citable.

There are some differences between British English and American English. In British English, such adjectives (derived from a verb ending in -e) are preferred when they end with -eable; in American English, the preferred form ends in -able (the -e is removed from the verb).
The dictionary I have (the NOAD) doesn't report the word archivable, but it reports citable as derivative of cite, and archival as derivative of archive.

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The best reference point I can think of is "livable." I found this post because I had the same question about an interface I wanted to name "IArchivable." Looks to me like--regardless of how we got there, the consensus (on this side of the pond) is "archivable." So, that's what I'll be using!^)

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