Simple Definition of palpable
: obvious and noticeable
Examples of palpable
A positive patch-test result, measured by a visible and palpable localized response, denotes a delayed hypersensitivity response … —Simon Kallal et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 7 Feb. 2008
When I'm back in nature after months of walking around on concrete and living in boxes, I feel a palpable internal shift. —Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006
As pushcart vendors manned the stadium concourses, ringing bicycle bells and selling E-lados ice cream in paper cups, and concessionaires poured shots of Cutty Sark and blended piña coladas, there was a palpable sense of spirit. —Daniel G. Habib, Sports Illustrated, 21 Apr. 2003
I felt a palpable sense of relief.
The attraction between them was palpable.
There was a palpable excitement in the air as the town prepared for the festival.
Origin of palpable
Middle English, from Late Latin palpabilis, from Latin palpare to stroke, caress — more at feel
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of palpable
Medical Definition of palpable
: capable of being touched or felt; especially : capable of being examined by palpation <the tip of the spleen was questionably palpable—Journal of the American Medical Association>
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