aff. var. of-able in words borrowed from Latin, orig. suffixed to verb stems ending in a labial consonantlabile; nubile[/ex]later added to other verb stemsagile; docile; facile; fragile[/ex]Compare -tile Etymology: < L-ilis, alter. of -ibilis by haplology, ashabilis able from*habibilis II-ileaff. a suffix of adjectives borrowed from Latin, meaning “pertaining to or characteristic of” the class of persons named by the stem:infantile; juvenile; puerile; virile[/ex]•Etymology: < L-ī-lis III-ileaff. sta a suffix used to form words denoting the value of a statistical variable that divides a distribution into a given number of equal-sized groups, as specified by the initial element of the word:decile; percentile[/ex]•Etymology: on the model of quintile or sextile
From formal English to slang. 2014.