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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 The degree to which his May 8th injury was determinable was probably enhanced, not degraded, by the circumstances of his care. Michael Mccann,, 17 June 2019 And human life, human thoughts, and human existence are mathematical determinable calculations of that subatomic world of matter and energy. Zoltan Istvan, Newsweek, 9 Mar. 2018 See More

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

First Known Use of determinable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About determinable

Time Traveler for determinable

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near determinable




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for determinable

Cite this Entry

“Determinable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for determinable



Legal Definition of determinable

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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