negligible = able to be neglected

corrigible = able to be corrected

dirigible = able to be directed

eligible = able to be elected

Are there any other words following this pattern?

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    How many verbs are there that end in -ect? In adding the -ible suffix, the final T drops, and the /k/ C voices between vowels, producing /g/ G. This was done in Latin a thousand years before English borrowed the words. – John Lawler Jul 19 '15 at 22:54
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    The suffix here is -ible-igible is not a suffix. There are plenty of these, and they’re all colligible. – tchrist Jul 19 '15 at 23:00
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    Right. Here's a selection, with optional prefixes: (il)legible (in/un)eligible (non)negligible (un/mis)intelligible colligible erigible dirigible (in/un)corrigible (in)exigible ((ir)re)frangible diffrangible infrangible (pre/in/un)tangible (un)infringible tingible (non)fungible (in)expungible (un)submergible (un)immersible detergible – John Lawler Jul 19 '15 at 23:04
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    @JohnLawler: isn't the voiced/voiceless alternation the other way around: the /g/ was devoiced in Latin to /k/ before the voiceless /t/? As far as I know, Latin did not turn intervocalic /k/ to /g/; with "induct," "deduct" and other words derived from ducere, we have "inducible" and "deducible." – sumelic Jul 19 '15 at 23:14
  • Whatever. The point is there's several stems, and the voiced one appears intervocalically. The history isn't important. – John Lawler Jul 19 '15 at 23:18

erigible (able to be erected)
exigible (able to be charged)
exigible (able to be required)

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    intelligible - able to be intellected? – immibis Jul 20 '15 at 0:30
  • @immibis able to be understood. – deadrat Jul 20 '15 at 1:07

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