solv·​able | \ ˈsäl-və-bəl How to pronounce solvable (audio) , ˈsȯl- \

Definition of solvable

: susceptible of solution or of being solved, resolved, or explained a solvable problem

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solvability \ ˌsäl-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce solvability (audio) , ˌsȯl-​ \ noun

Examples of solvable in a Sentence

I'm sure that the mystery of what happened to the missing pizza is solvable.
Recent Examples on the Web The logistical problems, those are solvable and could be overcome with the will to do so. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, "Because of the pandemic, the US postponed citizenship ceremonies for months. That could keep thousands from voting in 2020," 4 June 2020 Wells: Are the problems with antibody tests solvable? The Atlantic, "Listen: Immunity Passports," 21 Apr. 2020 Several of them were solvable without knowing the theme, but in aggregate this grid is really the perfect gift for that golf-loving, crossword-solving, hard-to-shop-for figure in your life. Caitlin Lovinger, New York Times, "Who wants to go for a ride with Jack Mowat and Jeff Chen?," 18 Apr. 2020 All that said, figuring out how to wear booties with jeans is the most easily solvable style rut out there. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "How to Wear Booties With Jeans, According to Celebrities," 21 Jan. 2020 Authoritarian blindness had turned an easily solvable problem into a bigger, durable crisis that exacted a much heavier political toll, a pattern that would repeat itself after a mysterious strain of pneumonia emerged in a Wuhan seafood market. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 22 Feb. 2020 Because of this bit scarcity, any problem solvable on a quantum computer could be solved much faster on a classical computer, simply because the problems were so small. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Why I dislike what “quantum supremacy” is doing to computing research," 23 Dec. 2019 This past summer, for example, a teenager from Texas proved that a problem long thought to be quickly solvable only on a quantum computer can be done rapidly on a classical computer as well. Quanta Magazine, "Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster," 19 Dec. 2018 Resilient people recognize that most problems are solvable. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn Sullivan: Optimism? It’s worth the stretch," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of solvable

circa 1676, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solvable was circa 1676

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“Solvable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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