So I'm programming something, and it has the property to be toggled. Now I want to enable or disable this property. In other words, I want to toggle the toggle property.

This property, whether or not something can be toggled, should it be called 'Togglable' ? If not, what should I call it?

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    Off topic (variable naming is off topic: see the help center).
    – MetaEd
    Oct 22, 2013 at 13:04
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    @MετάEd It's not about variable naming.. I asked if togglable was an English word, to be used in the context of programming.. To clarify my question, I gave some context, and jmadsen understood this context and responded to that. Though the main question remains: Is togglable an English word ;) Oct 22, 2013 at 16:31
  • @JochemKuijpers As you said, the question remains. I submit that you should un-accept jmadsen's answer - the fact that the question accepts that answer is fundamental in the question's closure. If not for that, I would vote to reopen. (That and the fact that I don't have the rep for it. ;) Sep 25, 2018 at 16:00

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Adding -able to transitive verbs is still a fairly productive process in today's English.

Since toggle is a transitive verb, you should be able to form toggleable (meaning "able to be toggled") and be understood, even if the reader has never seen the word before. There are lexical exceptions which -able doesn't usually attach to (beware, want, loathe, etc.) but I don't believe toggle is one of them.

When you add -able, the syllablic /əl/ in toggle is likely to become a regular /l/, becoming the onset of the following syllable. This is called syncope and is sometimes reflected in spelling--particularly in derivations like these as there's no history to force the spelling one way or the other--so you might instead spell it togglable.

Of course, as jmadsen points out, there's no reason you have to add -able. But you can if you like.

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    As (another) programmer, I know I've used toggleable before. I slightly prefer this as it grammatically fits with Java bean standard of object.isToggleable. Oct 22, 2013 at 12:28
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    I think rice pudding might be loathable. I simply have to decide whether it is actually loathsome or not.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 5, 2014 at 12:00

Also, Toggleable, with the e intact.

togglable (Wiktionary)

Able to be toggled. That button is togglable.

Usage example: See Toggleable radio buttons on StackOverflow.

@LateralFractal is right in suggesting isToggbleable as appropriate for the OP's context. See usage on GoogleSearch.

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