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.

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Not all problems seem to be solvable by scale, however. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Mark Zuckerberg Is Rethinking Deepfakes," 26 June 2019 This is a solvable problem, and now is the time – not in a year. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: For people who need medicine to survive, let’s solve this problem now," 9 June 2019 The Glencore unit says the debt situation is solvable and dissolving the business is premature. Thomas Wilson,, "Glencore Goes From Crisis to Crisis With Possible Bribery Probe," 21 May 2018 By Brin-Jonathan Butler Simon & Schuster, 211 pages, $26 This illusion is not fully an illusion, since the game is, from a mathematical standpoint, fully solvable. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘The Grandmaster’ Review: The 64-Square Universe," 8 Nov. 2018 It’s shaped by people watching solvable problems prove impossible to solve. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 Not sure that’s solvable in a halftime talk, but if Japan and Belgium can thrill us in a second half, there’s always hope that Sweden and Switzerland can, too. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Sweden Makes World Cup Quarterfinals for First Time Since 1994," 5 July 2018 This is easily solvable, though: Just take more care to remove it. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Meet the Anti-Scrunchie," 13 June 2018 Leaders must choose not to exploit that belief and instead do the messy work of tackling solvable problems with any willing ally – even if doing so is not immediately rewarded. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018

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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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