Definition of palpable
palpabilityplay \ˌpal-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
palpablyplay \ˈpal-pə-blē\ adverb
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Examples of palpable in a Sentence
A positive patch-test result, measured by a visible and palpable localized response, denotes a delayed hypersensitivity response … —Simon Kallal et al., New England Journal of Medicine, 7 Feb. 2008
When I'm back in nature after months of walking around on concrete and living in boxes, I feel a palpable internal shift. —Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth, 2006
As pushcart vendors manned the stadium concourses, ringing bicycle bells and selling E-lados ice cream in paper cups, and concessionaires poured shots of Cutty Sark and blended piña coladas, there was a palpable sense of spirit. —Daniel G. Habib, Sports Illustrated, 21 Apr. 2003
I felt a palpable sense of relief.
The attraction between them was palpable.
There was a palpable excitement in the air as the town prepared for the festival.
Recent Examples of palpable from the Web
Now the wariness about Mr. Trump’s immigration policies is palpable, the impact visible.
The Mariners sliced into the lead in the second as Kennedy faced palpable danger.
The hope was palpable, and ballooned further after Devin Mann hit a two-out single through the left side.
And the sparks in this video, which are palpable, are already leading some fans to ask in Instagram comments if the two are an IRL couple.
The energy at the young restaurant is palpable — and audible.
Marks has thoroughly researched this new therapy, but her anxiety is palpable.
Anger in May’s ranks is palpable, with some prominent members uncomfortable with the plan to form a parliamentary alliance with the pro-Brexit DUP.
But less than 24 hours after the attack, there was also a palpable sense of defiance in the London Bridge area and beyond.
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Feel Out the Definition of palpable
The word palpable has been used in English since the 14th century. It derives from the Latin word palpare, meaning "to stroke" or "to caress"—the same root that gives us the word palpitation. The Latin verb is also a linguistic ancestor of the verb feel. Palpable can be used to describe things that can be felt through the skin, such as a person's pulse, but even more frequently it is used in reference to things that cannot be touched but are still so easy to perceive that it is as though they could be touched—such as "a palpable tension in the air."
Synonym Discussion of palpable
PALPABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of palpable for English Language Learners
: obvious and noticeable
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