opposable

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adjective op·pos·able \ə-ˈpō-zə-bəl\

Definition of opposable

  1. 1 :  capable of being opposed or resisted

  2. 2 :  capable of being placed against one or more of the remaining digits of a hand or foot the opposable human thumb

opposability

play \ə-ˌpō-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of opposable in a Sentence

  1. Humans have an opposable thumb.

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First Known Use of opposable

circa 1812


OPPOSABLE Defined for English Language Learners

opposable

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adjective

Definition of opposable for English Language Learners

  • : able to be placed against one or more of the other fingers or toes on the same hand or foot


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opposable

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adjective op·pos·able \ə-ˈpō-zə-bəl\

Medical Definition of opposable

  1. :  capable of being placed against one or more of the remaining digits of a hand or foot an opposable thumb

opposability

\-ˌpō-zə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun plural

opposabilities

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