ile





The
ROOT-WORD is the Suffix ILE which means RELATING TO, SUITED FOR & CAPABLE OF. It is a tidy little one and says much in its three letters. Where it is seen it carries much weight, either in praise or blame. It can be a good recommendation or a bad one. It is a very revealing ROOT, and tells all very simply, without hedging. Senior citizens do not want to be called senILE, and a boy does not want to be called puerILE. AgILE is a compliment, but facILE isn’t. Don’t be too easy. Watch ILE.


1. Domicile : domic ILE (dom’ i sile) n.

A place for home and family


2. Docile : doc ILE (dos’ il) adj.

Easy to teach; amenable; as, a docile child


3. Agile : ag ILE (aj’ il) adj.

Suited to quick motion; graceful in movement


4. Ductile : duct ILE (duk’ til) adj.

Can be led; tractable


5. Fertile : fert ILE (fert’ il) adj.

Capable of being fruitful


6. Fragile : frag ILE (graj’ il) adj.

Can be broken easily; frail


7. Imbecile : imbec ILE (im’ be sil) adj.

Tending to be mentally weak; as, imbecile conduct


8. Mercantile : merchant ILE (mer’ kan tele) adj.

Relating to business; commercial


9. Juvenile : juven ILE (ju’ ven ile)adj.

Relating to youth; as, juvenile delinquency


10. Infantile : infant ILE (in’ fan tile) adj.

Relating to infancy; as, infantile behavior


11. Mobile : mob ILE (moe’ bil) adj.

Capable of being moved


12. Prehensile : prehens ILE (pree hen’ sil) adj.

Capable of grasping; as, the prehensile tail of a monkey


13. Projectile : project ILE (pro jek’ til)) adj.

Capable of being thrown


14. Senile : sen ILE (sene’ ile) adj.

Relating to old age


15. Reptile : rept ILE (rep’ til) n.

An animal that crawls; as, a snake


16. Puerile : puer ILE (pyu’ er il) adj.

Suited to a child; childish


17. Sterile : ster ILE (ster’ il) adj.

Tending to be barren; free from germs


18. Tactile : tact ILE (tak’ til) adj.

Capable of being touched; as tactile qualities


19. Volatile : volat IlE (vol’ at il) adj.

Capable of flying; light; buoyant


20. Versatile : versat ILE (ver’ sat il) adj.

Capable of varying; having various talents; as, a versatile genius


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