I'm writing an application that allows users to select whether certain mathematical elements have certain properties. These properties are things such as "divisible", "addable", "subtractable" etc.

I was therefore wondering which of the words listed in the title I should use to describe the attribute where something can be multiplied. I'm not sure which one is the appropriate one to use when describing mathematical properties. The Oxford dictionary does not make a notice on which one is best suited for this purpose.

If they are the same, I would be interested in knowing which one would be the more popular option among native English speakers.

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    multipliable seems closest to the others(divisible, addable, subtractable) . "Multiplicable" means to me applicable or in many places or having many substitutes? But... don't trust me alone on that one
    – Tom22
    Jan 24, 2017 at 1:33
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    Don't forget multiplicative...
    – Drew
    Jan 24, 2017 at 3:17
  • Please provide an example of something that isn't multipliable. I'm just not with you yet. Jan 24, 2017 at 6:41
  • @Drew Can you say that something is multiplicative when it can be multiplied by another value? I'm not sure, I'm not a native speaker but it sounds weird.
    – Qub1
    Jan 24, 2017 at 21:38
  • @aparente001 There isn't really anything that isn't multipliable per se, but that doesn't mean that it cannot be described as such.
    – Qub1
    Jan 24, 2017 at 21:38

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, both words are synonyms (have the same definition):

multipliable adj able to be multiplied.

multiplicable adj able to be multiplied.


Multipliable = multiplicable, addable = addible.

You could toss a coin. If you want me to choose, I'd need more context.

You are right not to get off track with multiplicative.

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