Meaning of gradable in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɡreɪdəbl/


  • Denoting an adjective that can be used in the comparative and superlative and take a submodifier.

    Contrasted with classifying

    ‘Like gradable adjectives, gradable adverbs allow comparison and modification by intensifying adverbs: more humbly, very humbly.’
    • ‘Technically, antonyms such as sweet versus dry are gradable, in that sweet means ‘sweet in relation to a norm’, even though the norm is far from clear.’
    • ‘I understand almost all of the emotion-state adjectives are gradable; 'amused', 'bored', 'confused', 'delighted', 'excited', 'frightened', 'interested', 'perplexed', 'satisfied', 'terrified', 'worried', etc’