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passable

(of a proposed law) able to be ratified or enacted
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Anybody with a passable knowledge would pick you out at a look, and say,--"No go!
Brother Merlin is a very passable artist, but only in the parlor-magic line, and he may not succeed; in fact, is not likely to succeed.
The path from the wood leads to a morass, and from thence to a ford, which, as the rains have abated, may now be passable. When thou hast crossed the ford, thou wilt take care of thy footing up the left bank, as it is somewhat precipitous; and the path, which hangs over the river, has lately, as I learn, (for I seldom leave the duties of my chapel,) given way in sundry places.
And yet, where there is no eminent odds in sufficiency, it is better to take with the more passable, than with the more able.
Our way now lay through a region scarce passable, and full of serpents, which were continually creeping between our legs; we might have avoided them in the day, but being obliged, that we might avoid the excessive heats, to take long marches in the night, we were every moment treading upon them.
With this added incentive I nearly drove Sola distracted by my importunities to hasten on my education and within a few more days I had mastered the Martian tongue sufficiently well to enable me to carry on a passable conversation and to fully understand practically all that I heard.
In the midst of the jollity produced by good cigars, good wine, and passable anecdotes, the landlord presented his bill.
Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City (19 inches flood, not passable to light vehicles)
He added that as of Friday afternoon, all roads in Antique are still passable, including those in the landslide-prone area of Hamtic, Antique to San Joaquin, Iloilo.
Meanwhile, all major roads in Manila are now passable, based on monitoring by the MDRRMO.
To keep the roads passable, roadmen had to snowplough nearly 16,000 kilometres of roads across the region.
- was one that most people with a passable knowledge of the royals would be able to answer.