palpable

adjective
pal·​pa·​ble | \ ˈpal-pə-bəl How to pronounce palpable (audio) \

Definition of palpable

1 : capable of being touched or felt : tangible palpable lymph nodes
2 : easily perceptible : noticeable a palpable difference The attraction between them was palpable.
3 : easily perceptible by the mind : manifest

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Other Words from palpable

palpability \ ˌpal-​pə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce palpable (audio) \ noun
palpably \ ˈpal-​pə-​blē How to pronounce palpable (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for palpable

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent. a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind. an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable. the tension in the air was almost palpable tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally. no tangible evidence of UFOs appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable. an appreciable increase in income ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance. exerted a ponderable influence on world events

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."

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 There's a palpable feeling of community here: owner Lee McLemore stocks the store with a surprisingly large wine selection, police chief Andy Williams moonlights in the prepared-foods section and barbecues in the parking lot, and George Watkins personally fills the shelves with his superb tupelo honey. — Todd Coleman, Saveur, October 2006 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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The taste, dexterity, sophistication and clarity with which Murray performs are palpable. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 As guests arrived, there was a palpable excitement to be in-person again—a sentiment that reverberated throughout the night. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 16 June 2021 Even with Parker sidelined, there was a palpable excitement about the team inside the arena Sunday, the first time the Sky hosted fans since the first round of the 2019 playoffs. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, 23 May 2021 But the mood on the way out was very different to his palpable excitement and anticipation on arrival. Don Riddell, CNN, 4 Mar. 2021 Austine Oduor, an official with the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers, said there is no palpable excitement from members of his union and nurses who were forced by a court order to resume work last week after a 70-day strike. Tom Odula, Star Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 Officials and residents in Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills spoke highly of the weekend festivities, with several saying the excitement to get outdoors was palpable. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, 6 July 2021 When Dille is left to watch the final stages of the Tour without his father his devastation is palpable. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, 3 July 2021 Before the start of the parade, the joy was palpable, Keating said, as the chorus interacted with members of other organizations there to participate in the parade. Alex Deluca, sun-sentinel.com, 30 June 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'palpable.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of palpable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palpable

Middle English, from Late Latin palpabilis, from Latin palpare to stroke, caress — more at feel

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“Palpable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/palpable. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for palpable

palpable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of palpable

formal : obvious and noticeable

palpable

adjective
pal·​pa·​ble | \ ˈpal-pə-bəl How to pronounce palpable (audio) \

Medical Definition of palpable

: capable of being touched or felt especially : capable of being examined by palpation the tip of the spleen was questionably palpable Journal of the American Medical Association

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