palatable

adjective
pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio) \

Definition of palatable

1 : agreeable to the palate or taste The restaurant's chicken dishes are quite palatable.
2 : agreeable or acceptable to the mind attempted to make physics palatable to a broader range of students

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Other Words from palatable

palatability \ ˌpa-​lə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce palatability (audio) \ noun
palatableness noun
palatably \ ˈpa-​lə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce palatably (audio) \ adverb

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palatable, appetizing, savory, tasty, toothsome mean agreeable or pleasant especially to the sense of taste. palatable often applies to something that is found to be merely agreeable. butterflies that birds find palatable appetizing suggests a whetting of the appetite and applies to aroma and appearance as well as taste. appetizing hors d'oeuvres savory applies to both taste and aroma and suggests piquancy and often spiciness. dumplings with savory fillings tasty implies a pronounced taste. a tart and tasty pie toothsome stresses the notion of agreeableness and sometimes implies tenderness or daintiness. an enticing array of toothsome desserts

How Should You Use palatable?

Palatable comes from palate, a Latin-derived word for the roof of the mouth. The palate was once thought of as the seat of the sense of taste, so the word eventually came to mean "sense of taste," or broadly, "liking." Palatable has been used in English to refer to palate-pleasing foods since 1619, but it isn't our only—or our oldest—adjective for agreeable tastes. Savory dates from the 14th century. Toothsome has been around since 1551. Tasty was first used in the early 17th century. And appetizing has been gracing culinary reviews since 1653.

Examples of palatable in a Sentence

a less than palatable beer I did not find the idea of moving again very palatable.
Recent Examples on the Web Longer-term, perhaps the nation will devise a wholesale healthcare reform plan that attacks high costs, mediocre outcomes and non-universal coverage, one that’s palatable to all stakeholders. Adam Seessel, Fortune, "Valuation: Why Health Insurer Anthem Is Worth Investing In," 19 Nov. 2019 More seasoned leaders who have seen Democrats lose big have tended to prefer a safer, middle-road candidate more palatable to a wide range of voters. Author: Annie Linskey, Matt Viser, Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats see weak spots in their own 2020 prospects," 23 Oct. 2019 Climate policy should be made palatable, especially to those most affected by a fast shift to clean power. The Economist, "Will the Democrats’ green schemes make any difference?," 21 Sep. 2019 Strong business travel, while good for hotel owners, pushes rates higher, making them less palatable to conventioneers. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Could a new hotel (or maybe more) be coming to downtown Hartford in the next few years?," 20 Sep. 2019 The problem with this film isn’t Dakota Fanning, the issue is that the pain of the refugee experience, of civil war, and the beauty of Islam, are only palatable to Hollywood when the protagonist is a white woman. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Dakota Fanning Speaks Out Amid Backlash to Her Role As a Muslim Woman in New Movie," 5 Sep. 2019 Coffee fuels the engine of America, and magically makes other humans palatable. Jim Gaffigan, CBS News, "Jim Gaffigan: Decaf coffee is un-American," 11 Aug. 2019 Instead of making the bill more palatable, the group said new problematic provisions were added, such as limiting what fees a doctor can accept for providing medical exemptions. Melody Gutierrez, latimes.com, "California vaccine bill undergoes major changes and wins support of former critic Newsom," 18 June 2019 The alliance, guided by a lawyer who was also an Intuit lobbyist, won a series of concessions that made the program palatable to industry. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "Inside TurboTax’s 20-Year Fight to Stop Americans From Filing Their Taxes for Free," 17 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'palatable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of palatable

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Palatable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palatability. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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palatable

adjective
How to pronounce palatable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of palatable

somewhat formal
: having a pleasant or agreeable taste
: pleasant or acceptable to someone

palatable

adjective
pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio) \

Kids Definition of palatable

: pleasant to the taste

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