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

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Examples of calculable in a Sentence

his performance as a pitcher is as calculable as the daily tides
Recent Examples on the Web Suiting up again would re-expose Kaepernick to a vein of criticism that has been reserved for mere mortals whose careers are defined by calculable outcomes on the field. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Does Colin Kaepernick Still Need Football?," 14 Nov. 2019 And those are just the calculable costs of fake influencer marketing. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Influencer marketing fraud will cost brands $1.3 billion in 2019," 25 July 2019 But string theory does not predict a unique set of scattering amplitudes (having instead a vast landscape of possible solutions), and so the search for a calculable and predictive theory of graviton scattering would hit a barrier. Quanta Magazine, "Betting on the Future of Quantum Gravity," 14 Mar. 2014 Those phenomena had simplified, calculable equations — so why shouldn’t wrinkles have a simplified equation too? Quanta Magazine, "A Grand Theory of Wrinkles," 8 Apr. 2015 The need for new infrastructure to support population growth is readily calculable. David Siegel, WSJ, "Don’t Binge on Bridge-Building," 18 June 2018 Surgery was a definitive intervention at a critical moment in a person’s life, with a clear, calculable, frequently transformative outcome. Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, "The Heroism of Incremental Care," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of calculable

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Calculable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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