com·​put·​able | \ kəm-ˈpyü-tə-bəl How to pronounce computable (audio) \

Definition of computable

: capable of being computed

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computability \ kəm-​ˌpyü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce computable (audio) \ noun

Examples of computable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Imagine all of the information ever created by humanity fitting in the volume of an RV, lasting a hundred thousand years and always being computable. Hyunjun Park, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Some problems just aren’t computable, according to Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, chief information officer of Michigan Medicine, a health system affiliated with the University of Michigan. John Mccormick, WSJ, 24 Feb. 2021 People faced issues of non-computable names long after the table was released -- one problem being the limited character database in computer systems across institutions and government agencies, which had forced Zhong Weihua to change his name. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 16 Jan. 2021 This was a hypothetical device that could come up with a solution to any problem that is computable. Charles Riley, CNN, 15 July 2019 Underlying all of these trends is a single idea: the belief that quantitative data can provide a coherent model of the world, and the efficacy of computable information to provide us with ways of acting within it., 24 Jan. 2018 Starting with a basic set of operations, even the simplest Turing machine can be used to compute anything that is computable, Turing proved. Dylan Tweney, WIRED, 23 June 2010

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First Known Use of computable

1610, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of computable was in 1610

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“Computable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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