Collectable or Collectible?

What is the difference between collectable and collectible?

Collectable describes items able to be collected. (e.g., payments, keys).

Collectible describes items considered worthy of collecting by enthusiasts (e.g., coins, stamps).

Collectable or Collectible?

The adjectives collectable and collectible have slightly different meanings even though both describe items that can be collected. (Many believe that collectable is a misspelling because collectible is far more common. (See Google's Ngram Viewer.))


Collectable describes an item that can be collected (e.g., a payment, a set of keys, a car).



Collectible describes an item that a collector deems to be worth collecting (e.g., stamps, comics, coins).


Collectible as a Noun

Collectible is often seen as a noun.


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What are adjectives? List of easily confused words