The word “assignable” is translated to the German »zuordenbar«, according to several dictionaries. I have never heard this word and it sounds wrong to me. Is it being used?

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Yes, zuordenbar is a valid word. And yes, it is being used. But it’s one of the rarer specimens, compared to similar structures like

  • (kann) zugeordnet werden or
  • zuordnen

See Google Ngram.


It's a perfectly valid word, but watch the context. For example, if you were talking about a variable in a programming language, then I'd translate "assignable" as "zuweisbar", not "zuordenbar".

  • Indeed! 'zuordnen' means something like 'to map' (things that belong together) not like 'to assign' ('zuweisen') for arbitrary grouping..
    – TaW
    Aug 1, 2015 at 12:44

It's probably just as common as assignable ... that said, there's nothing wrong with it. Duden has it, so that should settle it.


It sounds very strange to me (German native speaker), I've never heard it before and I would think it's a spelling mistake.
I would use zuordbar (without en) instead.

It's derived from zuordnen, which means to assign or to map or to pair, or something like that. As in "Assign each of these cities to their respective states".

As another_wald has pointed out, in a programming language, or when you talk about assigning tasks, you would probably use zuweisbar" instead, which makes clear that a new assignment is being made ("At his first day at work, he was assigned the most boring task"), as opposed to just putting things together, like cities and states. But zuordbar can be used for that as well, whereas zuweisen always creates a new assignment.

  • 3
    I feel the same, I've never heared zuordenbar, but zuordbar sounds familiar.
    – tkausl
    Aug 1, 2015 at 0:28
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    I feel the opposite, never heard zuordbar. May be a regional difference?
    – siegi
    Aug 7, 2015 at 16:54
  • Zuordbar would be the correct derivation from *zuorden if it existed.
    – Endre Both
    Mar 18, 2019 at 7:55
  • As a software developer in Austria, I heard this word several times (but didn't hear zuordbar).
    – CherryDT
    May 26, 2022 at 16:52

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