pal·​at·​able ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio)
: agreeable to the palate or taste
The restaurant's chicken dishes are quite palatable.
: agreeable or acceptable to the mind
attempted to make physics palatable to a broader range of students
palatability noun
palatableness noun
palatably adverb

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How should you use palatable?

Palatable comes from palate, a word for the roof of the mouth, which itself comes from Latin palatum. 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."

Choose the Right Synonym for palatable

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

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 Targeted investments in energy access and climate security are much more palatable. Wal Van Lierop, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 We are often forced to shift much of our cultural identity to one that’s more palatable by the white majority. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 27 Nov. 2023 By the 2010s, however, an internet subculture that repackaged antisemitism into something seemingly more palatable started to take shape — often on newer and less moderated platforms like Discord, 8chan, and Telegram, and also on mainstream services like Facebook and YouTube. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 Climate policy is also affected by what is politically palatable. Bygabriel Labbate, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 This taco is practically a meal in itself, which makes the $10 price tag more palatable. Kat Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 By removing the possibility of more threatening types of desire, Reeder added, films make these killers more palatable for male audiences. Elaina Patton, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2023 With witty turn-to-the-camera sidebars and several celebrity explainers (including Margot Robbie, Anthony Bourdain, and Selena Gomez), Adam McKay’s first dramatic directorial venture manages to expertly detail what went wrong in lively, palatable ways. Lillian Brown, Vulture, 3 Oct. 2023 Prices are more palatable when customers see the portion that goes to an employee. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of palatable was in 1662


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“Palatable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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pal·​at·​able ˈpal-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce palatable (audio)
: agreeable to the taste
palatability noun
palatably adverb

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