sep·​a·​ra·​ble | \ ˈse-p(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce separable (audio) \

Definition of separable

1 : capable of being separated or dissociated separable parts
2 obsolete : causing separation

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separability \ ˌse-​p(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce separable (audio) \ noun
separableness noun

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Examples of separable in a Sentence

His religious and political beliefs are not always separable from each other. the outdated belief that the atom is the smallest particle of matter and is not separable
Recent Examples on the Web Second, the tent canopy and the fly can be pitched and packed simultaneously thanks to a connected (but still separable) design. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Winter Tents for Your Next Snowy Adventure," 3 Dec. 2020 But Hendren’s project also has a kind of deep beauty that is neither separable from design nor fully accountable to it. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "When the World Isn’t Designed for Our Bodies," 3 Sep. 2020 Its exaggerations are wilder, its hallucinations are colder, and its physical realities and dramatic specifics are even less separable from the elements of fantasy. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“She Dies Tomorrow,” Reviewed: An Apocalyptic Drama of Emotional Crises," 7 Aug. 2020 Mr Jassy says that AWS was always designed to be separable from the rest of Amazon. The Economist, "And on the second day... Can Amazon keep growing like a youthful startup?," 18 June 2020 Most of the animals sold in such markets are produced by smallholders, not large industrial concerns, but the two are not easily separable. Laura Spinney, Time, "We Need to Rethink Our Food System to Prevent the Next Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 In my view, our reticence stems from a belief that investments and values are separable. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "“Working Together Is What Humans Are Built to Do”: Social Trust Is Key to Stemming the Coronavirus Crisis," 2 Apr. 2020 Physical activity is a non-separable part of this experience, and it's couched within a traditional role playing game (RPG) game design style. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Gaming might save your sanity during social distancing," 26 Mar. 2020 Observation and active engagement were never entirely separable. The Economist, "Regional accent The vexed history of travel writing about the Balkans," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of separable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for separable

Middle English, from Latin separabilis, from separare

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The first known use of separable was in the 14th century

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“Separable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of separable

: capable of being separated

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