Sunday, December 12, 2010

Greek and Latin Roots of English: Audible

According to the Merriam-Webster´s Dictionary audible is something "heard or able to be heard". The voice of the singers in the photo is audible thanks to the microphones.

According to the Etymology Dictionary audible derives from Latin audire (to hear). Audible is composed of audio- "sound, especially recorded or transmitted" and -ible which forms adjectives from verbs.

Audiovisual has got the same roots as audible. Other words with the root audio- are : audiotape, audiology, audiophile.
Other words with the suffix-ible/-able are: agreeable / disagreeable, plausible or eatable.


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