ex·​pli·​ca·​ble | \ ek-ˈspli-kə-bəl How to pronounce explicable (audio) , ˈek-(ˌ)spli- How to pronounce explicable (audio) \

Definition of explicable

: capable of being explained

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Other Words from explicable

explicably \ ek-​ˈspli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce explicable (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web When the owner of the local hair salon, Daniela (Daphne Rubin-Vega), relocates to the Bronx, her leaving is at once an adventure and a barely explicable abandonment. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 11 June 2021 The universe may be explicable without dark energy. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 The self-driving car suddenly opts to come to a stop, yet the human drivers see no explicable reason for the self-driving car to do so. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Life, according to Crick, was an epiphenomenon of physics and chemistry — complex, yes, but still explicable in molecular terms. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 To do so would be to acknowledge the reality: that most violent or unusual deaths are tragic, yet sadly explicable. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 25 Feb. 2021 To the contrary, stress, fear, and sadness may be completely explicable reactions to difficult situations, not signs of a pathology. Grace Huckins, Wired, 8 Sep. 2020 Pamfilova’s cynicism is entirely explicable: in Russia, the constitution has rarely been a covenant of good governance between the state and the people. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, 9 July 2020 Booming sales of toilet paper is less explicable, however, something psychologists say is purely reactionary. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of explicable

1545, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2021

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“Explicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explicable. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of explicable

formal : possible to explain


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