I want to say that a task should be made to be transitionable, meaning it should be easy to transition the task to another person without requiring an extensive amount of training. My spell checker does not accept it as a word, and even Google asks "Did you mean transition?"

I think it's valid, being a construction of the verb transition and the suffix -able, but would like to get confirmation (or an alternative, if it's invalid) from experts before committing it to a written document.

The only results I find for transitionable are in the context of highly technical usage, like mathematics and computer animation.

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    You probably need transferable: dictionary.reference.com/browse/transferable
    – user66974
    Feb 19, 2016 at 17:36
  • What @Josh said. Absent further context, I'd understand transitionable as meaning capable of being transitioned, where per OED the verb transition essentially means To make or undergo a transition (from one state, system, etc. to or into another). But nowadays it also has the very specific sense of transitioning from one gender to another, so my first thought would be that it means suitable for gender reassignment surgery. (Probably not what OP intends! :) Feb 19, 2016 at 17:53
  • Why don't you consult a dictionary? thefreedictionary.com/Transitionable
    – rogermue
    Feb 19, 2016 at 18:32

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Transition is recognized as a verb {editorial: alas!} but it probably hasn't become widely accepted as a transitive verb.

Dictionary.reference.com sayeth:

Transition verb (used without object) 4. to make a transition: He had difficulty transitioning from enlisted man to officer. 5. to change from one gender identity to another or to align one's dress, behavior, etc., with one's gender identity: My friend is transitioning without hormone therapy or surgery.

If we accept this as authoritative, we may hunker down behind its bastion against the advancing hordes, and disavow/disallow "transitionable" in the sense given above.

  • Great point and answer (although I have to admit that I wasn't aware of the "transitive/intransitive plus 'able/ible' 'rules'/restrictions" until stumbling across this question, especially its accepted and bonus-earning answer, while trying to fully understand [and ultimately appreciate] your answer)!
    – Papa Poule
    Feb 19, 2016 at 18:22

Transition is a noun- it refers to the process of transferring, or to the time period during which a transfer is made.

You should use the word Transferable.

able to be transferred or made over to the possession of another person

  • By the link you yourself provided, transition can in fact be used as a transitive verb: "Undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition". So I can't accept this answer purely on the basis of "no, because it's a noun". Feb 19, 2016 at 17:47
  • @Dan henderson As you found yourself, transitionable is not used outside mathematics/engineering but "transferable" is widely understood and acceptable in the sense of your sentence, as in "transferable skills" for example. Why trying using a longer, more awkward word that would not add anything to the sentence?
    – P. O.
    Feb 19, 2016 at 19:46

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