de·​fin·​able di-ˈfī-nə-bəl How to pronounce definable (audio)
: able to be defined
: able to be specified to have a particular function or operation
definable keys
definably adverb

Examples of definable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So what should a company do when there isn’t a definable mainstream? Dev Patnaik, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 The Overseers had no easily definable responsibilities, save for reporting to Dalio on the goings-on of the other new groups. Rob Copeland, Fortune, 11 Nov. 2023 Using these clear and definable terms facilitates discussion and understanding, ensuring that everyone is on the same page, which in turn leads to collective agreement on a security strategy for the entire organization. Jay Chaudhry, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Victory, even if definable, will likely be Pyrrhic. Michael Oren, The Atlantic, 9 Oct. 2023 In the immediate days after the killings, the bags were bigger; the remains, more definable. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Bargaining is a classic game theory problem, Zollman says, and a strike is a great example of a high-stakes contest between two players with different but definable interests. WIRED, 1 Oct. 2023 The nebulous realities of hip-hop don’t allow for an easily definable genesis in cinema. Nicholas Bell, Spin, 16 Aug. 2023 Maybe the better comparison, or the more definable one, is in how the media covered Mr. Bush during Katrina and Mr. Biden during the disaster in East Palestine, Ohio. Readers, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History


define + -able

First Known Use

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of definable was in 1610

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“Definable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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