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Etymology

From Latin inflammare with the suffix -able. inflammare comes from in + flamma with the suffix -are. It means that something has the flame (flamma) within (in).

Pronunciation

  • ĭnʹflăm-ə-bəl, /ɪnˈflæməbəl/, /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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French

Adjective

inflammable (epicene, plural inflammables)

  1. flammable.

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