mea·​sur·​able | \ ˈme-zhə-rə-bəl How to pronounce measurable (audio) , ˈmā-; ˈmezh-rə-, ˈmāzh- \

Definition of measurable

1 : 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
2 : 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

Other Words from measurable

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

First Known Use of measurable

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for measurable

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

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“Measurable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of measurable

: large enough to be measured or noticed


mea·​sur·​able | \ ˈme-zhə-rə-bəl \

Kids Definition of measurable

: capable of having the size, extent, amount, or significance determined a measurable rainfall a measurable improvement

Other Words from measurable

measurably \ -​blē \ adverb


mea·​sur·​able | \ ˈmezh-(ə-)rə-bəl, ˈmāzh- How to pronounce measurable (audio) \

Medical Definition of measurable

: 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

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measurably adverb

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