de·​ter·​min·​able di-ˈtər-mə-nə-bəl How to pronounce determinable (audio)
: capable of being determined, definitely ascertained, or decided upon
a determinable cause
: liable to be terminated : terminable
a determinable estate
determinableness noun
determinably adverb

Examples of determinable in a Sentence

The cause of the accident is not determinable at this time.
Recent Examples on the Web That, my friends, created a determinable fee simple in husband Paul with an executory interest to Rhobbin, according to an opinion issued by the Houston Court of Appeals (1st). Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 1 May 2023 For example, a person who in the course of a trade or business makes a payment of fixed and determinable income using virtual currency with a value of $600 or more to a U.S. non-exempt recipient in a taxable year is required to report the payment to the IRS and to the payee. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 May 2021 That is quite different from a determinable fee simple with an executory interest. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, 1 May 2023 While experts concur that there is no one determinable cause of skin tags, there is evidence that skin tag formation is linked to a number of factors, including friction from skin-on-skin rubbing or tight clothing, genetic tendencies, and certain health conditions, Dr. Sunder says. Jessica Chia, SELF, 20 Apr. 2022 The study also noted that loss of resilience does not equate to a loss in the area of forest cover – meaning that the rainforest could be close to the point of no return without clearly determinable changes. Katie Hunt, CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 The exact year was determinable because a massive solar storm occurred in 992 AD that produced a distinct radiocarbon signal in tree rings from the following year. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2021 Examples of payments of fixed and determinable income include rent, salaries, wages, premiums, annuities, and compensation. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 May 2021 The idea that there is a determinable origin point where a sonic idea was born is a romantic one. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 6 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of determinable was in the 15th century

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“Determinable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: capable of being determined, ascertained, or decided upon
: liable to be terminated upon the occurrence of a contingency
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