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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That lament, though, has enraged the pact’s supporters, who never saw a fix as remotely palatable to Mr. Trump and blame Mr. Dubowitz above all others for providing the intellectual foundation for its passing. New York Times, "He Was a Tireless Critic of the Iran Deal. Now He Insists He Wanted to Save It.," 13 May 2018 The steady flow of new information regarding CTE has made changes for the sake of safety much more palatable. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Expect Todd McNair’s Defamation Lawsuit to Get Messy for the NCAA," 18 Apr. 2018 At the Yankees insistence, Sunday’s game, once scheduled for 8 p.m., was switched to a 1 p.m. start by the sports network — much more palatable amid the Yankees’ travel plans. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Yankees Went to Extra Innings, but Still Knocked Off Early," 8 July 2018 The show had always been preachy, but in a vaguely palatable way where the preachiness felt grounded in the characters. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The rise, fall, and unlikely return of Murphy Brown, explained," 27 Sep. 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of palatable

: pleasant to the taste

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