Like flammable and inflammable. People used the wrong prefix to start with (‘in-’ means not, generally, as in indivisible vs. divisible) and eventually both came to mean something would burn. It never made any sense that something that literally meant “not burnable” was burnable and something that was “burnable” meant not burnable. So, the language altered over time.
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