sep·​a·​ra·​ble ˈse-p(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce separable (audio)
: capable of being separated or dissociated
separable parts
obsolete : causing separation
separability noun
separableness noun

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 the outdated belief that the atom is the smallest particle of matter and is not separable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 The definition of food addiction is separable from obesity. Marta Zaraska, Scientific American, 11 Sep. 2023 The innovation of the BPE is to make the two discoveries separable, meaning that the same drug need not be both lifesaving and lifestyle-improving. Christopher B. Barrett, Foreign Affairs, 25 Sep. 2023 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, 3 Mar. 2023 Critically, traveling waves are not space–time separable. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 9 July 2015 Verbs can be separable (don't ask). Arkansas Online, 1 July 2021 As if those two states are separable. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2021 But Maria Brumm makes a good argument for why the risk-communication & quake-prediction sides of l'Aquila aren't separable. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2012 In the 1960s, new psychological research began to collect evidence that positive and negative emotions were in fact separable, and as further research observed, could be felt simultaneously, and also in rapid succession. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 19 Jan. 2023

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin separabilis, from separare

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Separable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


sep·​a·​ra·​ble ˈsep-(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce separable (audio)
: capable of being separated or distinguished
separability noun

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