knowable

adjective

know·​able ˈnō-ə-bəl How to pronounce knowable (audio)
: capable of being known : able to be determined or understood
This year, California votes March 3, and whether it offers a delegate haul for one candidate or a scramble between several candidates is not yet knowable.David Weigel
At the end of any year, a fixed and knowable number of us will have developed heart disease, and another number won't have.Jeffrey Kluger and Alice Park
A smear of orange tells everything knowable about light when it collides with the bottom of a copper pot.Peter Schjedlahl

Examples of knowable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the internet’s sprawling databases, real-time social-media networks, and globe-spanning e-commerce platforms have made almost everything immediately searchable, knowable, or purchasable—curbing the social value of sharing new things. W. David Marx, The Atlantic, 1 May 2024 So try to talk the matter through — discussing the knowable facts, her fears and your hopes. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The only thing that is knowable and important for you is your long-term objectives and your investment strategy to achieve them. Jonathan Dash, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2023 In both cases, human beings, writing with an ardor and an inspiration that indeed seem sacred, went to the edge of the knowable. James Wood, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024 LLMs are inherently less reliable and less knowable than classical programming, and that worries a lot of people in the field. David Berreby, Scientific American, 20 Feb. 2024 The danger was knowable, something that could be combatted. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 13 Feb. 2024 Moreover, the things that might have to be done to protect the country are not antecedently knowable. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 20 Jan. 2024 At stake is not just the curiosity of the researchers involved: Resolving P versus NP could solve countless logistical problems, render all cryptography moot, and even speak to the ultimate nature of what’s knowable and what’s forever beyond our grasp. Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of knowable was in the 15th century

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“Knowable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knowable. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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