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

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 In other words, your body starts sweating without any explicable reason (like feelings of anxiety, hot temperatures, or exercise). Rebecca Dancer, Allure, 29 June 2022 The news comes as Twitter has been roiled by market turbulence and Musk's not-entirely-explicable concerns about the number of fake accounts on Twitter. CBS News, 26 May 2022 Instead, growing divergence between leading central banks is roiling exchange rates, primarily via a sustained and not fully explicable appreciation of the dollar. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 This one feels like an explicable blip: the two best players out for large stretches, others out due to era-defining pandemic, a tough schedule. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Jan. 2022 Remble and everyone around him are very aware of the stakes when Drakeo, a cause celebre for the L.A. rap world, or Nipsey Hussle, a universally beloved community figure, can be killed for barely explicable reasons. August Brown Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 An explicable Anthony Brown pass on the next Oregon drive was picked off along the sideline by Malone Mataele, setting the Utes up inside the Oregon 40-yard line with eight seconds left in the half. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Dec. 2021 Science, after all, is about what is observable, quantifiable, testable, predictable, explicable — and dreams are none of these things. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 These scenes are not very frightening, or even explicable. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 1 Oct. 2021 See More

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1545, in the meaning defined above

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“Explicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explicable. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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