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If you can push something you could say it is pushable. What do you say about something which you can enable and about something which you can disable?

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Wiktionary actually has disableable (but not enableable, and there are no mentions of either in BNC/COCA). –  RegDwigнt Apr 24 '11 at 2:24
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Perhaps "supports enabling" and "supports disabling". There is no one-word word equivalent. –  dbkk Apr 24 '11 at 4:04
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Something you can disable is optional, toggleable, or perhaps switchable. –  Jason Orendorff Apr 24 '11 at 5:58
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You could say pushable. It's not a word in the dictionary but if that's ok, why not enableable? –  z7sg Ѫ Apr 24 '11 at 12:22

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Capable of being enabled and capable of being disabled, and for something which you can troll, you can say capable of being trolled.

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Yep! I wish there were a more succinct way to say this, but @mgkrebbs has come up with the best solution that I can think of. –  Jonathan Sterling Apr 25 '11 at 3:54
    
I agree @mgkrebbs gave a solid answer. But I would add 'incapable' as the mate of 'disable'. –  Nicole Oct 16 '13 at 5:30

Going way back to one of the earliest machine parts designs, you have the toggle switch, which gives rise nicely to the intransitive verb usage of toggle

To alternate between two or more electronic, mechanical, or computer-related options, usually by the operation of a single switch or keystroke: toggled back and forth between two windows on the screen.

This has a past-tense toggled and a present tense toggleing and apparently an adjective form togglable or toggleable

1. Able to be toggled.

That button is togglable.

(And no, I did not add that to Wiktionary just now.)

A toggle is generally recognized as being a binary condition, one or the other. I think it is a nice fit for capable of being enabled and disabled.

You could also use switchable, but it does not have as strong of a connotation for binary states and would cause more confusion.

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