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English

Etymology

From Latin as if *inflammabilis < inflammare (to set on fire) < in (in, on) + flamma (flame).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: ĭnʹflăm-ə-bəl, IPA: /ɪnˈflæməbəl/, SAMPA: /In"fl{m@b@l/

Adjective

inflammable

  1. Capable of burning; easily set on fire.
  2. (figuratively) Easily excited; set off by the slightest excuse; easily enraged or inflamed.

Usage notes

  • Inflammable can be misinterpreted as an antonym of flammable and so taken to have the opposite meaning to that intended. Where such confusion might arise, especially where this may be a safety hazard, it is preferable to use a synonym.

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External links

  • inflammable in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • inflammable in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

French

Etymology

Middle French inflammer +‎ -able, from Latin inflammabilis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

inflammable (epicene, plural inflammables)

  1. flammable, inflammable

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Simple English

Redirecting to Flammability








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