ar·​bi·​tra·​ble ˈär-bə-trə-bəl How to pronounce arbitrable (audio) är-ˈbi- How to pronounce arbitrable (audio)
: subject to decision by arbitration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As such, an arbitrator would, in Wu's eyes, have first crack in determining whether the dispute was arbitrable. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, 19 July 2019

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Word History


borrowed from Medieval Latin arbitrābilis, from Latin arbitrārī "to consider, judge, decide" (verbal derivative of arbitr-, arbiter "onlooker, arbiter") + -bilis "capable of (acting or being acted upon)" — more at -able

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arbitrable was in 1531

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“Arbitrable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Feb. 2023.

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