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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IMPROVABLE

I should apprehend this bog to be among the most improvable in the country.

The living is valued at £140 a year, but perhaps it may be improvable.

Man is an improvable being, and indefinite progress is the law of his existence.

Brother, the wight is improvable, and this must not be borne withal.

Man is an improvable being, and some advancement may be expected in his condition.

Therefore, use your government interest for him, for he is improved and improvable.

It is unquestionable that these are talents, that is, improvable mercies given by God.

It will be more to the point, after have said so much upon improving books, to say a word or two about the improvable reader.

My object will be to obtain a farm of large acreage and poor land, but improvable by better drainage and an outlay of capital.

As a whole, the creature appears to be innately the dullest and least improvable of all our servitors.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "to use to one's profit, to increase (income)," from Anglo-French emprouwer "to turn to profit" (late 13c.), from Old French en-, causative prefix, + prou "profit," from Latin prode "advantageous" (see proud). Spelling with -v- was rare before 17c. Meaning "to raise to a better quality or condition" first recorded 1610s. Phrase improve the occasion retains the etymological sense. Meaning "to turn land to profit" (by clearing it, erecting buildings, etc.) was in Anglo-French (13c.) and was retained in the American colonies.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR IMPROVABLE

curable

adjectiveable to be improved, fixed
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