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Is the word "Customizable" a valid English word? Every time i write that word, the spell checker underlines it, and it suggests using "Customization" or "Customize", I'm not a native English speaker. That word exists in online dictionaries so i wonder why does the spell checker underline it.

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Never trust spellcheck further than you can throw it. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Oct 1 '13 at 12:00
    
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This is GR. The OP has not shown background research effort. –  Kris Oct 1 '13 at 12:35
    
@Kris what research do i need to add? i told you that i search the dictionaries and told you that this word exists, the same exact thing that you did, no need to add links, i knew that it exists in dictionaries, read my question, do i need to do research to prove that the spell checker does not exists? just write it down and you'll see... I'm not asking a question about quantum physics here –  Fischer Oct 1 '13 at 12:59
    
When you searched the dictionaries, you need to include the results of the search. The title of this post and its first sentence ask 'Is the word "Customizable" a valid English word?' The answer is given by the link I provided. You should probably be asking your "question" first and stating other things later in the course of the post. –  Kris Oct 1 '13 at 13:12

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The Oxford English Dictionary in its revision of March 2012 defines it as:

That may be customized; able to be changed to suit the requirements of the user. Frequently with reference to computer software and hardware.

The earliest citation is from 1960. If that definition of customizable suits your purpose, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t use it.

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Wow! Strange, this word is used a lot in our everyday life and i assumed that it is included in the spell checker, i can't understand how that thing does not underline new words like Google or Facebook, but it underlines costumizable, I assumed that the checker knows more than me and i rely on it a lot especially when typing a formal email, i spent like 2 hours trying to understand what i did wrong! Stupid computers! Or maybe it's me who's stupid, relying on a computer! the era of smart phones and stupid people! Merci beaucoup –  Fischer Oct 1 '13 at 11:54
    
@Fischer You miss-spelled the word here. No need to fault spell-check, there are words that are flagged to alert you on possible unintended errors. Some words may not have been included the spell-check dictionary -- you can always add the word of your choice to the custom dictionary after checking authentic sources. –  Kris Oct 1 '13 at 12:39
    
@Kris it's not my responsibilities to add English words, besides you can't add exception everywhere –  Fischer Oct 1 '13 at 13:03
    
It's one own responsibility to add whatever words one may need/like to one's custom dictionary. See the FAQ/Help in spell-check. –  Kris Oct 1 '13 at 13:09

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