com·​pos·​able | \ kəm-ˈpō-zə-bəl How to pronounce composable (audio) \

Definition of composable

1 : capable of being set to music The search for song texts was his entire reason for reading poetry; whatever his appreciation of literary merit, he placed poems that were not composable into a different category than those that were amenable to music—his music.— Susan Youens, Hugo Wolf and His Mörike Songs, 2000
2 : capable of being composed … music expressive of a feeling is clearly composable by one who is not experiencing that feeling and has perhaps never experienced it …— Edward Craig, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 1998

First Known Use of composable

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Composable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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