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

Synonyms & Antonyms for palatable

Synonyms

agreeable, all right, alright, copacetic (also copasetic), ducky, fine, good, hunky-dory, jake [slang], OK (or okay), satisfactory

Antonyms

disagreeable, unsatisfactory

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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.

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Not all of these ideas were palatable — the conference’s foray into ice hockey has been lamentable — but most have been wildly successful. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: Under Jim Delany, Big Ten grew into a beast," 5 June 2019 The company has made designing for Chrome and ignoring everything else a bit more palatable, and Mozilla's continued existence is now that bit more marginal. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 But for squeamish seafood lovers who are already worried about causing undue pain to lobsters, destroying their brains may sound less palatable than boiling them alive. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The owner of a Maine lobster pound is sedating her lobsters with marijuana before killing them.," 19 Sep. 2018 Forget midi ponytails and super-slicked, nape-of-the-neck knots—this summer's most palatable updo is all about buoyancy. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jessica Alba, Kim Kardashian West, and More Prove the "I Dream of Jeanie" Hairstyle Is Back," 25 July 2018 Luis Suarez's goal off Lionel Messi's assist delivered the only strike of the series thus far, and Valencia will have to stop the two superstars and their teammates from scoring any away goals in order to make for a more palatable road to the upset. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "How to Watch Valencia vs. Barcelona: Copa Del Rey Live Stream, TV Channel," 8 Feb. 2018 Some slightly more palatable dog beauty news: Now check out 100 years of acne treatments: Follow Marci on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Allure's newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Marci Robin, Allure, "Woman Claims Drinking Her Dog's Urine Cleared Her Acne in Nauseating Viral Video," 11 June 2018 Small private space companies, rather than U.S. defense aerospace giants, may be more palatable tenants at the spaceport. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can the U.S. Save Alcantara, Brazil’s Cursed Spaceport?," 20 Mar. 2019 Ahead of that deadline, the pressure is on for Republicans — who still have majorities in both chambers — to get something through Congress that is more palatable to Trump. Li Zhou, Vox, "Wednesday is day 5 of a partial government shutdown. It could go on for a while.," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of palatable

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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palatable

adjective

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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