de·​ter·​min·​able | \ di-ˈtər-mə-nə-bəl How to pronounce determinable (audio) , dē- \

Definition of determinable

1 : capable of being determined, definitely ascertained, or decided upon a determinable cause
2 : liable to be terminated : terminable a determinable estate

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Other Words from determinable

determinableness noun
determinably \ di-​ˈtər-​mə-​nə-​blē How to pronounce determinable (audio) , dē-​ \ adverb

Examples of determinable in a Sentence

The cause of the accident is not determinable at this time.
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First Known Use of determinable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Determinable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of determinable

formal : possible to know or calculate : able to be determined



Legal Definition of determinable

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

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