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preventable, preventible

While many words end with either the suffix ‑able or the suffix ‑ible, a few may be spelled either way, as is the case with preventable, the preferred spelling, and the variant preventible.

  • Health Canada is responsible for reducing the incidence of vaccine-preventable (or vaccine-preventible) diseases.