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    Editability.

    Simple question, why is "editability" not a word? I cannot find it in any dictionary, but (being in the software industry) wouldn't hesitate to use it in speech as it sounds completely correct and there is not another word (that I can think of) which puts across the same meaning: whether something is editable.

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    Re: Editability.

    I'm not a teacher...
    Quote Originally Posted by billw View Post
    Simple question, why is "editability" not a word? I cannot find it in any dictionary, but (being in the software industry) wouldn't hesitate to use it in speech as it sounds completely correct and there is not another word (that I can think of) which puts across the same meaning: whether something is editable.
    I did find it in Wiktionary: editability - Wiktionary

    Also - I found 'alterability' in thefreedictionary.com: Alterability - definition of Alterability by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

    And - since 'to alter' is a synonymn of 'to edit', I think the same suffix is appropriate.

    So - I woud say that editability is a proper word, constructed by adding the suffix -ability to the root word edit.

    (I too, am a programmer - and would not hesitate to use this word.)

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    Re: Editability.

    Quote Originally Posted by billw View Post
    Simple question, why is "editability" not a word? I cannot find it in any dictionary, but (being in the software industry) wouldn't hesitate to use it in speech as it sounds completely correct and there is not another word (that I can think of) which puts across the same meaning: whether something is editable.
    A dictionary doesn't contain all the morphological variants of the base word.

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    Re: Editability.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    A dictionary doesn't contain all the morphological variants of the base word.
    Very well said, sir.

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