de·​fin·​able | \ di-ˈfī-nə-bəl How to pronounce definable (audio) \

Definition of definable

1 : able to be defined
2 : able to be specified to have a particular function or operation definable keys

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from definable

definably \ di-​ˈfī-​nə-​blē How to pronounce definable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of definable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s another layer to this as well, one less definable but no less important. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "The NCAA has been good to Indianapolis. Now, it needs Indy more than ever.," 16 Nov. 2020 Unlike cures, which are dramatic and definable—and, therefore, attractive investments—staving off disease in the first place is uneventful and vague, because nothing happens. Madeline Drexler, The Atlantic, "A Medical Revolution Too Late for the Man Who Started It," 20 Oct. 2020 Thanks to months of urgent research, what began as a mysterious spectrum of symptoms has coalesced into a definable illness, with early signs that include fever, rashes, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Lois Parshley, National Geographic, "‘Super antigens’ tied to mysterious COVID-19 syndrome in children," 16 Oct. 2020 The reason reality shows about hoarding flourished a decade ago, the critic Scott Herring has argued, is that hoarding was a special case in which the larger culture tipped into definable deviance. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 There was a time in my life when running served a clear and definable purpose. Devin, Longreads, "Out There: On Not Finishing," 9 Sep. 2020 There was a set of values – that had sort of been there and implicit, but not wrapped up together in any kind of definable boundary – that came to reshape the culture. Amanda Paulson, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Earth Day united a nation in crisis and sparked a global movement," 20 Apr. 2020 That very definable winning quality Now compare that with ion-trap quantum computers and superconducting qubit computers. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws," 30 Nov. 2019 In the Europe dispute, the issue is quite definable: The EU’s Airbus subsidies are a likely violation of global trade rules. Charles Hankla, The Conversation, "Trump is flouting global trade rules with China yet embracing them with the EU – here’s why it matters," 18 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'definable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of definable

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for definable

define + -able

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about definable

Time Traveler for definable

Time Traveler

The first known use of definable was in 1610

See more words from the same year

Statistics for definable

Cite this Entry

“Definable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on definable

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for definable

Comments on definable

What made you want to look up definable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!