I am currently trying to find a single word which describes the ability of an object to be hidden.

A label that may be hidden --> a hideable / hidable / hidible label

Is there any word like that in the English language?

I found stashable, but it does not meet the requirement of consistency across all terms in a computer program code.

The programming language uses certain names for attributes like Visibility="Hidden" (not Visibility="Stashed") and I want / need to name a generic type after this attribute.

Do you have any suggestions or do I have to invent a new term and use it in my code (most likely, very few people will see it and the English of those who might see it is even worse than mine).

The word I am looking for must be derived from to hide or it will not meet the requirement.

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    What's wrong with hideable? – wrymug Jun 13 '18 at 14:34
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    What's don't you like about hidable? It is listed by MW Dictionary. – JJ for Transparency and Monica Jun 13 '18 at 14:35
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    Can you give us some motivation for the word having to be derived from 'hide'? That seems awfully restrictive, almost arbitrary (unless you are writing a pun or poetry, which are frankly very arbitrary). You want a word that can be understood, not one that meets some hidden technical requirements. – Mitch Jun 13 '18 at 14:40
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    @JJJ Well, that is what I was looking for! Make a new answer or edit your existing one. I was just not able to find this word ;-) HIDABLE... great! – deHaar Jun 13 '18 at 14:40
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    @Mitch some object within a computer program code is to be named like that and due to it being connected to different other objects (pre-named by the programming language itself) I want the terms to be consistent (good readability). – deHaar Jun 13 '18 at 14:42

Concealable, according to Wikitionary:

Able to be concealed.

It's also listed by Webster's 1913 Dictionary.

With the restriction that the word is derived from the verb to hide, you could go with hidable, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary:

capable of being hidden


"Concealable." Servent - Wiktionary. Accessed June 13, 2018. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/concealable.

"Hidable." Merriam-Webster. Accessed June 13, 2018. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hidable.

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  • Thanks, a very nice word! Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with the verb to hide, so it does not meet the requirement. I will update my question in order to prevent people from suggesting words like this. Thank you anyway! – deHaar Jun 13 '18 at 14:24
  • conceal IS mentioned in etymological searches. – lbf Jun 13 '18 at 14:58

Hidden is the past participle of hide, from the Old English hydan, which means "to hide or conceal," but also "to bury a corpse."

hide (v.1)

Old English hydan (transitive and intransitive) "to hide, conceal; preserve; hide oneself; bury a corpse," from West Germanic *hudjan (source also of Middle Dutch, Middle Low German huden), from suffixed form of PIE *keudh- (source also of Greek keuthein "to hide, conceal"), from root *(s)keu- "to cover, conceal." etymonline

Thus I propose to cover TFD

a. To hide or screen from view or knowledge; conceal. Often used with up:

ps as to restrictions: derivation from HIDE and to be suitable to use in computer language ... my answer my meet the #bluescreenofdeath!

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