The words edible and manageable are adjectives, but is there a more specific term for such words indicating capability?

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    I don't think there is a more specific term. The only one I can think of is "Adjectives with -able/-ible suffix". Oct 27, 2010 at 7:23
  • These are called properties
    – Daron
    Oct 11, 2015 at 18:26

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I'm not sure if there is an existing word, but why not use a short phrase? Capability adjectives, or capability-indicating adjectives.

  • "Capability" would inappropriately restrictive, since it wouldn't cover things like fashionable and seasonable (normal for the season, not capable of being seasoned). By any rational definition, these are the same "type" of suffix. Note that -able remains "productive" (we can form new coinages with it). The alternative -ible is no longer productive, so far as I know. Aug 12, 2011 at 18:30

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