ex·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ek-ˈspli-kə-bəl, ˈek-(ˌ)spli- \

Definition of explicable 

: capable of being explained

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Other Words from explicable

explicably \ ek-​ˈspli-​kə-​blē , ˈek-​(ˌ)spli-​ \ adverb

Examples of explicable in a Sentence

phenomena explicable by the laws of physics the mystery of those strange noises became quite explicable once we realized that a colony of bats had taken up residence

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Whatever the reason, there was something striking about an entirely explicable outcome for a change: A generally unassuming incumbent defeated a disgraced former officeholder by a considerable margin. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "4 Takeaways From Tuesday’s Primary Elections," 27 June 2018 Most African Americans align with the Democratic Party for reasons that are explicable in terms of broad attitudes. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "4 political science lessons from Kanye West’s embrace of Donald Trump," 3 May 2018 There's a surfeit of waiting around Chicago pools, with staff members barking commands and ordering people form lines for no explicable reason. Laura Pearson, Chicago Reader, "Chicago Park District pools are drowning in rules and regulations," 21 Dec. 2017 Trump’s vilification of Hillary Clinton, Atwood believes, is more explicable when seen through the lens of the Puritan witch-hunts. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Margaret Atwood, the Prophet of Dystopia," 7 Apr. 2017 Some of this is explicable by more or less natural factors. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "How Europe Eats Its Young," 17 Feb. 2017 It was thought to be explicable in terms of will and commitment to God. National Geographic, "History of Exhaustion Reveals We Could All Use Some Sleep," 19 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of explicable

1545, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of explicable

: possible to explain

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