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


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


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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The latest turbulence follows a debate on Monday when Mr. Johnson rejected possible concessions that might make the backstop more palatable to Conservative lawmakers, for example by imposing a time limit or providing an escape route. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "On Eve of Her Exit, May Denounces Political Rancor. Some Blame Her for It.," 17 July 2019 The common theory at the moment is that Brussels must bend to Mrs. May or some other British politician, extending sweeter terms to make a withdrawal deal more palatable to the U.K.’s divided and indecisive voters. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Can Save the European Union," 17 Jan. 2019 On Friday, the committee passed essentially the same House budget that died in March — but with a handful of amendments meant to make expansion more palatable to the Senate. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Va. House committee tries again for Medicaid expansion, with tougher work rules," 13 Apr. 2018 There types of ads do not meet new standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads, a group of Internet companies, online advertisers and publishers looking for a way to make online advertising more palatable to users. Hayley Tsukuyama,, "Chrome ad blocker: The Web's largest ad company is also now advertising's biggest traffic cop," 16 Feb. 2018 But even Republican senators who have offered legislative solutions that may be more palatable are also not pushing for a quick return to Washington. Alana Abramson, Time, "Why This Weekend's Tragedies Probably Still Won't Be Enough to Push Congress to Act on Gun Control," 5 Aug. 2019 The first proposal, and the only one that seemed to be palatable to everyone at the meeting, would formalize the ad hoc system that’s already in place, which lets non-residents sneak into the park on weekdays when a guard isn’t around to check IDs. Erin Allday,, "Palo Alto considers opening public park to non-residents," 25 July 2019 To make its decision more palatable, the Justice Department chose five prisoners who committed crimes against children or the elderly for the first slate of executions. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We Are All Executioners Now," 25 July 2019 In Google’s Asia-Pacific offices, says Costello, Blue Dot has been particularly active, perhaps because the difference between peer listening and counseling makes the model more palatable. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Google is running an employee mental health project without any metrics," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of palatable

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of palatable

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


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

Kids Definition of palatable

: pleasant to the taste

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