count·​able ˈkau̇n-tə-bəl How to pronounce countable (audio)
: capable of being counted
especially : capable of being put into one-to-one correspondence with the positive integers
a countable set
countability noun
countably adverb

Examples of countable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As reader David Gold (a fewer/less connoisseur) points out, fewer is correctly used for integer values, i.e., countable things. WSJ, 27 Nov. 2023 And Philip Bump adds a useful piece noting that many race calls take 12 hours or more — in contrast to the Trump allies who misleadingly argue that all votes should be countable (and counted) on election night, or even that such a thing is somehow suspect. Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Nov. 2022 The products were physical objects and thus countable. Henry A. Kissinger, Foreign Affairs, 13 Oct. 2023 For example, a single individual with a maximum monthly countable income of $1,859 and a family of four with $3,574 would both be eligible. Arkansas Online, 10 Sep. 2023 According to Big East policy, games will be canceled if a team cannot field at least seven players and one countable coach. Alexa Philippou,, 31 Dec. 2021 There remains one countable position left on Woodson’s staff, with Yasir Rosemond one possible candidate. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Apr. 2021 From July 24 through Aug. 6, teams could begin 20 hours per week of countable athletic activities per week and no more than four hours per day. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 18 June 2020 The Hoosiers will retain Kenya Hunter from the previous staff, and have already poached Dane Fife from Michigan State, filling two of Woodson’s three countable assistant spots. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of countable was in 1581

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“Countable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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