Collectible vs. Collectable

In short, one word means objects people collect while the other means objects that can be collected–and is a variant of the first word.

Collectible means objects people collect.  Comic books are collectibles. They are also collectable; able to be collected. Collectable is a variant of collectible, but some people still argue that it is properly used as defined above because some collectors collect things that have value only to them while a collectible has a monetary/market value.

Definitions:

Collectible
ADJECTIVE
The definition of collectible is able to be brought together into a series.
An example of collectible used as an adjective is the phrase collectible coins which means coins that people collect.

NOUN
A collectible is defined as one of a group of objects that people collect.
An example of a collectible is the stuffed toy called a Beanie Baby.

Collectable–Variant of collectible.
ADJECTIVE
that can be collected
suitable or desirable for collecting, as by a hobbyist

NOUN
any of a class of old things, but not antiques, that people collect as a hobby, specif. a thing of no great intrinsic value

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