Etymology
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tributary (adj.)
late 14c., "paying tribute," from Latin tributarius "liable to tax or tribute," from tributum (see tribute).
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accountable (adj.)
"answerable," literally "liable to be called to account," c. 1400 (mid-14c. in Anglo-French), from Old French acontable; see account (v.) + -able. Related: Accountably.
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ratable (adj.)

also rateable, c. 1500, "capable of being set at a certain value," from rate (v.2) + -able. From 1760 as "liable to payment of rates." Related: Ratably; ratableness.

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impeachable (adj.)

early 15c., empechable, "liable to impeachment," from Old French; see impeach + -able. Related: impeachably; impeachability.

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calamitous (adj.)
"marked by great misfortune," 1540s, from French calamiteux (16c.), from Latin calamitosus "causing loss, destructive; liable to damage or disaster," from calamitas (see calamity). Related: Calamitously; calamitousness.
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vertiginous (adj.)
c. 1600, "of the nature of vertigo," from French vertigineux, from Latin vertiginosus "suffering from dizziness," from vertigo (see vertigo). From 1620s as "dizzy;" 1640s as "liable to cause dizziness." Related: Vertiginously.
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presentable (adj.)

mid-15c., of a benefice, "capable of being presented or receiving presentation;" also, in law, "liable to formal charge of wrongdoing," from present (v.) + -able. Meaning "suitable in appearance" is from 1800. Related: Presentably; presentability.

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fallible (adj.)
early 15c., from Medieval Latin fallibilis "liable to err, deceitful," literally "that can be deceived," from Latin fallere "deceive" (see fail (v.)).
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obsessive (adj.)

"of or pertaining to obsession; liable to obsess," 1911, from obsess + -ive. As a noun, "person characterized by obsession," by 1966. Related: Obsessively. Obsessive-compulsive "combining (psychological) obsessions and compulsions" is attested from 1927.

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unaccountable (adj.)
1640s, "inexplicable," from un- (1) "not" + accountable (adj.) here meaning "of which an account can be given." Meaning "not liable to be called to account" is recorded from 1640s. Related: Unaccountably; unaccountability; unaccountableness.
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