palatable

adjective
pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl \

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 \ noun
palatableness noun
palatably \ ˈpa-​lə-​tə-​blē \ 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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An organic farmer herself, Smith-Brubaker said the price point for some organics had become more palatable for consumers. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "Whether it's chips, crickets or vegetables, Pennsylvanians are buying more organic food than ever," 27 Mar. 2018 The price point is palatable, too, with shirts starting at $129 and suits at $745. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Is This Custom Suit Company the New Mary Kay?," 21 Jan. 2016 As a way to make the education levy more palatable, Burgess initially advised Durkan to shift money from K-12 to preschool, rather than merely asking for more money. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle property-tax levy to test voters’ generosity toward education," 15 Oct. 2018 Hannah talks about the burden marginalized people feel to make their experiences palatable in comedy, funny without being so uncomfortable that the audience can’t stand it. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "The Trailer for Netflix's "Insatiable" Is Being Criticized for Fat-Shaming Women," 20 July 2018 This creates a sort of balancing effect that makes the sweetness of these wines palatable. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "How to enjoy Pedro Ximenez sherry," 18 Apr. 2018 One was more politically palatable, but one was more effective. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 The British are palatable, versus the Mexican who are not. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Dear America’ author Jose Antonio Vargas on Recode Decode," 24 Nov. 2018 Study co-author Steve Davis of the University of California, Irvine, said the beer research was partly done to drive home the not-that-palatable message that climate change is messing with all sorts of aspects of our daily lives. Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Global warming to leave us crying in our costlier beer," 17 Oct. 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

: having a pleasant or agreeable taste

: pleasant or acceptable to someone

palatable

adjective
pal·​at·​able | \ ˈpa-lə-tə-bəl \

Kids Definition of palatable

: pleasant to the taste

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