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 palpability (audio) \ noun
palpably \ ˈpal-​pə-​blē How to pronounce palpably (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 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.
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For the Coyotes, who continue to fight for prominence in the Valley sports landscape despite just missing the playoffs by a narrow margin last season, the interest generated by Kessel has been palpable. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Phil Kessel could change everything for the Arizona Coyotes," 1 July 2019 If a Brexiteer like Johnson ultimately ends up trying to pass Theresa May's deal, the sense of betrayal among hardliners will be palpable. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "The UK might be living through its own post-truth Trump moment," 29 June 2019 On the other hand, an overall sense of the country’s vigorous, can-do attitude in the first decades of the 20th century is palpable. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Deep River’ Review: In the Heart of the Forest Primeval," 28 June 2019 Alisha Fern and Tyler Adams are about to throw a surprise party, and the tension is palpable. CBS News, ""Something new": Surprise weddings," 23 June 2019 But his hunger was palpable on Monday against Fabio Fognini, the Italian shotmaker who beat Zverev in straight sets in April on his way to winning the clay-court Monte Carlo Open for the first time at age 31. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "At the French Open, Novak Djokovic Is Aiming to Rewind to 2016," 3 June 2019 There was a palpable fear of a socialist revolution. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "Mussolini and the End of Liberal Democracy," 25 June 2019 There was an almost palpable frustration when Bronin was speaking, Duke-Pegeas said. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Overlapping events in Hartford mayoral race forced candidates to choose between black alliance, DTC," 25 June 2019 Confidence: Medium-High A LOOK AHEAD Sunday: Warmth returns, but at least a rise in dew points doesn’t quite reach palpable mugginess threshold. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Windy and otherwise sublime as we start summer," 21 June 2019

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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

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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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