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 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

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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 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

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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

formal : possible to explain

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