definable

adjective
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

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Other Words from definable

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

Examples of definable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Interactions between neurons firing in the brain are also an example of a dynamical system — albeit one that’s especially subtle and hard to pin down in a definable list of rules. Quanta Magazine, "A Mathematical Model Unlocks the Secrets of Vision," 21 Aug. 2019 Personalities and personality traits no longer have definable lines. Los Angeles Times, "The Player: Living inside the game of Comic-Con and what ‘activations’ mean for fandom," 25 July 2019 Not to put that crudely — but there’s a definable goal. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "What Happens When Your Husband Refuses to Kiss You? 3 Women Get Very Real About Their Desires in New Book," 11 July 2019 But in most of her depictions, faces and definable people are largely absent, at least as images. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Firelei Báez finds the personal in the historical in new exhibit at Orlando’s Mennello Museum," 17 June 2019 Those Bush values are definable in words such as temperance, self-restraint, plain-speaking, honesty, duty, forbearance, humility, prudence, courage. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Bush Values," 5 Dec. 2018 In some not-quite-definable way, the film itself is all of a piece with Rogers’s principled gentleness. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "5 movies you should see this month," 29 June 2018 In some not-quite-definable way, the film itself is all of a piece with Rogers’s principled gentleness. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "5 movies you should see this month," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of definable

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for definable

define + -able

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18 Nov 2019

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“Definable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/definable. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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