sayable

adjective

say·​able ˈsā-ə-bəl How to pronounce sayable (audio)
ˈse-
1
: capable of being said
2
: capable of being spoken effectively or easily
readings in sayable ChineseLinguistic Reporter

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With seemingly the entire state on high alert, literally waiting to see which way the wind would blow, the idea of the California Dream felt utterly exhausted, ironic, sayable only between air quotes. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, 11 Nov. 2019 Kadare is still mapping out the boundaries of Albanian, a relatively recent literary language, where everything is new and newly sayable. Cynthia Haven, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sayable was in 1856

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“Sayable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sayable. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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