measurable

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adjective

mea·​sur·​able ˈme-zhə-rə-bəl How to pronounce measurable (audio)
ˈmā-;
ˈmezh-rə-,
ˈmāzh-
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: capable of being measured : able to be described in specific terms (as of size, amount, duration, or mass) usually expressed as a quantity
Science is the study of facts—things that are measurable, testable, repeatable, verifiable.David Gerrold
specifically : large or small enough to be measured
Nutmeg has a bitter taste, so cats are unlikely to consume any measurable amount. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell
A Becquerel is the smallest measurable unit of radioactivity. Neco Cockburn
Its scope was no longer a measurable form. It was beyond wealth, beyond power. Ernie Colon and A. J. Gamble
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: great enough to be noticeable or worth considering : significant
Another terrible opinion poll confirming all the other terrible polls seemed to add no measurable sense of panic to the Labor mood.Geoff Kitney
"… He possesses no measurable talent, his arrogance rivals even that of his father, and he seems to relish in his fame …"Steve Kloves
measurability
ˌme-zhə-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce measurable (audio)
ˌmā-;
ˌmezh-rə-
ˌmāzh-
noun
measurably
ˈme-zhə-rə-blē How to pronounce measurable (audio)
ˈmā-;
ˈmezh-rə-
ˈmāzh-
adverb

measurable

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noun

plural measurables
: something that may be measured
especially : a measurable physical attribute (such as height or weight) or ability (such as speed or jumping height) of an athlete
often used in plural
The measurables are pouring in from the NFL scouting combine, where the inspection of the young and the strong goes way beyond the old turn-your-head-and-cough physical. Steve Hummer
His measurables were almost off the charts at the NBA draft combine in Chicago: 7-foot-1, with a 36½-inch running vertical jump, the highest for a 7-footer in combine history. Jeff McDonald

Examples of measurable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The latest first measurable snowfall occurred on Jan. 12, 1983. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 In many of these areas, IAM can function as a business enabler that improves efficiency and delivers measurable results. Gregory Webb, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 My commitment is to bring about measurable improvements in these areas, working collaboratively with other members of the Commissioner’s Court and the community. Noah Alcala Bach, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 Unlike management, which is about delivering measurable results, leadership is more about influencing change and motivating others. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 8 Feb. 2024 This might not matter to the protesters, who are largely disdainful of the political system and want little to do with it — but such a position comes with measurable political costs. Ross Barkan, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 The union will be fighting for better pay, layoff protections, measurable steps that increase staff diversity and more. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024 With the amount of data and analytics available, both advertisers and corporations have measurable tools to see if Super Bowl ads are still worth the price. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 Nearly every American has a measurable amount of PFAS in their blood, and the chemicals pollute more than 80% of U.S. waterways. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 29 Jan. 2024
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At 6-foot and 192 pounds, the measurables aren't eye popping, but Wilson has a knack for getting opening and extending plays into big ones. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 14 Jan. 2024 By Tuesday afternoon, the sporadic-but-heavy rain that fell Monday had mostly dried up in most of the region, and few measurable rainfall totals showed any rain at all. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 But his defenders point to the measurable successes the prosecution team has notched so far under his stewardship. Richard Fausset, New York Times, 20 Jan. 2024 Between those measurables and his production, Gonzalez received a 92 overall draft score from NFL Next Gen Stats, highest among this year’s cornerbacks. oregonlive, 3 Mar. 2023 Most type 1 diabetes symptoms aren’t visible (like a rash), measurable (say, a fever), or need immediate attention (throbbing pain, for instance). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 1 Nov. 2023 Whelan got his first chance to punt July 29 and consistently hit the ball cleanly, with elite measurables. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 29 Aug. 2023 The Packers have long been without a natural slot receiver for their offense, but at 5-11 and 187 pounds, Reed has the measurables desired for the position. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 The Relative Athletic Score (RAS) metric takes a player's NFL combine measurables and breaks it down into one number, on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 10 (highest). Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Middle English mesurable "that can be measured, middling, discreet, moderate," borrowed from Anglo-French, "that can be measured, finite, moderate, restrained," borrowed from Late Latin mensūrābilis "that can be measured" (Medieval Latin, "moderate, reasonable"), from mensūrāre "to measure entry 2" + Latin -bilis "capable (of acting), worthy (of being acted upon)" — more at -able

First Known Use

Adjective

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1628, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of measurable was in 1565

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“Measurable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/measurable. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

measurable

adjective
mea·​sur·​able
ˈmezh-(ə-)rə-bəl,
ˈmāzh-
: capable of being measured
measurably
-blē
adverb

Medical Definition

measurable

adjective
mea·​sur·​able ˈmezh-(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈmāzh- How to pronounce measurable (audio)
: capable of being measured
such measurable factors as the amount of nitrogen in air
specifically : large or small enough to be measured
found in measurable amounts
measurable radiation
measurably adverb

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