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 separability (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 the outdated belief that the atom is the smallest particle of matter and is not separable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 Nowotny and his team have found that separable odors aren’t perceived at the same time; rather, the coffee and croissant odors are processed very rapidly in alternation. Quanta Magazine, "New AI Strategy Mimics How Brains Learn to Smell," 18 Sep. 2018 As several commenters noted, an extra layer is not necessary for this problem — the seven outputs are linearly separable. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘How to Win at Deep Learning’," 3 Nov. 2017 As this might suggest, Trump fans’ economic and cultural worries are not as separable as the Democrats hope. The Economist, "LexingtonDemocrats will struggle to win back Obama-Trump voters," 2 Nov. 2017 In other words, there is a conservative tradition that is clearly separable and distinct from Trumpism. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Republican Roots of Trumpism," 24 Oct. 2017 Their build features a 12cm-tall space shuttle complete with a launch pad and three separable stages. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "A new LEGO set honors the women of NASA—and it looks pretty awesome," 18 Oct. 2017 The disconcerting power of this vision, and of the mathematical model which underlay it, emerged from the idea that weather, encoded as information to be exchanged in advance of its happening, could be finally separable from experience. Barry Sheils, Smithsonian, "How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Good," 18 May 2017 In any event, here as elsewhere, power over grants of citizenship is separable from power over migration. Ilya Somin, Washington Post, "Congress’ power to “define and punish” violations of “the Law of Nations” does not give it authority over immigration," 21 May 2017 At the same time, solid-propellant rockets would blast the separable cap away from the MEM. David S. F. Portree, WIRED, "Origin of the Apollo-shaped Manned Mars Lander (1966)," 25 Oct. 2012

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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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“Separable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of separable

: capable of being separated

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