I started reading Stephen King's novel "Under the dome" and discovered the word coaxable:

Andy was an extremely coaxable man, and eventually Claudette had gotten her way.

I cannot find a definition for this word in the online dictionary.

I found a definition for the verb coax:

  • to influence or persuade (a person or animal) to do something by talking in a gentle and friendly way
  • to get (something) by talking in a gentle and friendly way

So my guess is that the author meant that Andy is easily coaxed by Claudette.

Does this word exists or did the author invent it? If it exists, why is it not in the dictionary?

Is my understanding of the meaning correct?

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    Well, it does now. (I read it as co-axable. Doh!)
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 23:11
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    Sure, in English, one can do that sort of thing. There is no academy hovering over us (like in France or Spain). able is a suffix in English.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 23:15
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    If a word is used by an author, it therefore exists; cf. addiction, bedazzled, dishearten, swagger, etc., all invented by an author. "Is the word listed in a dictionary?" is a separate question. (Your interpration of the word is correct! See this entry in the Collins dictionary.) Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 23:20

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Your meaning of the word is correct.
The suffix


is used to mean "something can be"

can be drunk

can be worn

can be coached

by extension

can be coaxed

Horses are not very coaxable, thus the saying "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink".

Children are usually coaxable with the promise of a present or a sweet, many parents might consider this tactic bribery.

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