cal·​cu·​la·​ble | \ ˈkal-kyə-lə-bəl How to pronounce calculable (audio) \

Definition of calculable

1 : subject to or ascertainable by calculation
2 : that may be counted on : dependable

Examples of calculable in a Sentence

his performance as a pitcher is as calculable as the daily tides
Recent Examples on the Web An ongoing dialogue with the forestry and pulp industry is necessary to optimize and shed light on the calculable environmental and social benefits of MMCFs, to expand the market whilst safeguarding Earth and humanity. Brooke Roberts-islam, Forbes, 27 May 2022 Because running is such a complex motion, there’s no obvious and easily calculable answer. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 29 June 2020 For Belarusians, the shift from gray to black, from autocracy to totalitarianism, was calculable in lives. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Habitable worlds would not be chance events; their existence would be a calculable outcome if a planetary system has the right ingredients. Quanta Magazine, 3 Nov. 2021 Cultural values sometimes come into play about whether to consider a more subtle prognosis: quality of life, or years lived or, like, which person is somehow more valuable, if that was even calculable. Adam Rogers, Wired, 23 Aug. 2021 Going back to taking any amount of calculable risk, big or small, is a weird feeling. Dr. Syra Madad, ABC News, 13 June 2021 Physicists use quantum field theory to calculate essential formulas called scattering amplitudes, some of the most basic calculable features of reality. Quanta Magazine, 12 Nov. 2020 Certainty became fully calculable, knowledge of the future knowable in the present. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 16 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of calculable

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Jun 2022

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“Calculable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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