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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from explicable

explicably \ ek-​ˈspli-​kə-​blē How to pronounce explicably (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 Booming sales of toilet paper is less explicable, however, something psychologists say is purely reactionary. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Toilet-paper shortages caused by coronavirus blamed for spike in raw sewage spills," 19 Mar. 2020 Miracle, which the dictionary describes as a 'surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency', may be a bit much. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "In state of the city speech, Mayor Cranley touts 'Cincinnati miracle'," 23 Oct. 2019 Earlier in Italian history, though, there was a clear and explicable crash in happiness in 1848, with the failure of revolutions intended to unite into a single nation what were then half a dozen disparate states. The Economist, "How to reveal a country’s sense, over the years, of its own well-being," 17 Oct. 2019 Coca-Cola has also disappeared, for no explicable reason, as has the band Oasis, which may be the movie’s best and most inside-y joke. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Yesterday’ Review: A World With No Beatles," 27 June 2019 All this was explicable in part as a last-ditch effort to turn the tide of voting in the Tory leadership contest against Boris. John O'sullivan, National Review, "What to Make of the U.K. Ambassador’s Tiff with Trump," 13 July 2019 Our father had just endured the worst days of his life, indeed was still in the midst of them, and such a lapse ought to be both explicable and forgivable. Justin Taylor, Harper's magazine, "What it Means to Be Alive," 10 June 2019 That randomness can lead to barely explicable results. 1843, "A league of their own: how English clubs conquered Europe," 7 June 2019 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

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

See More

First Known Use of explicable

1545, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about explicable

Time Traveler for explicable

Time Traveler

The first known use of explicable was in 1545

See more words from the same year

Statistics for explicable

Cite this Entry

“Explicable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/explicable. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for explicable


How to pronounce explicable (audio) How to pronounce explicable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of explicable

formal : possible to explain

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on explicable

What made you want to look up explicable? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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