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

Other Words from separable

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 the outdated belief that the atom is the smallest particle of matter and is not separable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 But is neoliberalism really separable from what Fukuyama dubs classical liberalism? Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, 25 May 2022 Each iteration slots into the complex order of things known as Stevie Nicks; each era separable but contiguous, all routed through her mild witchery and intense American mysticism. Jspiveycaddell, Longreads, 28 Apr. 2015 This means that, in practice, the problem of gay parenting and the problem of the lab baby aren’t fully separable. Bethel Mcgrew, National Review, 25 Mar. 2022 This is known as technical-social dualism, the idea that the technical and social dimensions of engineering problems are readily separable and remain distinct throughout the problem-definition and solution process. Grace Wickerson, Scientific American, 24 Feb. 2022 But the results from Gallant’s team suggest that these different networks might be too intimately intertwined to be separable. Quanta Magazine, 8 Feb. 2022 The Russian people and elite can still calculate that their fates are readily separable from his. WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 As Jeff Wilke explains, ‘Separable means almost as separable organizationally as APIs are for software. Steve Denning, Forbes, 7 Nov. 2021 Modularity in product design promotes separable components, thereby escalating functional lifetime with faster replacement of defective parts. Ashish Saxena, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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6 Jun 2022

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“Separable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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