prov·​able ˈprü-və-bəl How to pronounce provable (audio)
: able to be proved
a provable mathematical formula
Whether or not he was following any such directives may become provable as Moscow files are opened to scholars.Timothy J. Reiss
provableness noun

see also disprovable, unprovable

Examples of provable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Trojans’ star QB won’t say Nov. 15, 2023 Advertisement Sports curses are as provable as an afterlife, a fun way for fans and media to explain a baffling series of events. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Work your way up, start with the lower level, the most readily provable crimes, which of course are those of all the gazillions of people on videotape and audiotape easily identified committing crimes right in public with the attack on the Capitol, and then work your way up. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2023 The challenge for Smith will be to confine it to a few easily provable counts. Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2023 Department guidelines call for prosecutors to seek a guilty plea to the most serious, readily provable count. Christian Schneider, National Review, 22 June 2023 But once Crain gets those records, probable become provable and that would be the sort of thing that might get people fired. Kyle Whitmire |, al, 26 June 2023 Justice Department plea guidelines call for the government to seek a guilty plea to the most serious readily provable offense. The Editors, National Review, 21 June 2023 While there is some very recent work on provable copyright protection for generative models, this area requires significantly more consideration, especially when the notion of a software bill of materials is in the air. Jaideep Vaidya, IEEE Spectrum, 11 June 2023 In Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools, top officials decided that only students with a provable medical need will be able to learn online-only this school year. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, from prover "to prove" + -able -able

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of provable was in the 15th century

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“Provable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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