teach·​able | \ ˈtē-chə-bəl How to pronounce teachable (audio) \

Definition of teachable

1a : capable of being taught
b : apt and willing to learn
2 : favorable to teaching

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Other Words from teachable

teachableness noun
teachably \ ˈtē-​chə-​blē How to pronounce teachably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of teachable in a Sentence

students who are teachable and eager to learn The book's style makes it very teachable.
Recent Examples on the Web There are good sections on dental health — teachable moments on where failure to floss will lead you — and diet. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Montreal, Egyptian Mummies, in 3-D, Have Secrets to Share," 18 Jan. 2020 This too can be a teachable moment: Involve young people of all ages in the process of deciding where to donate, or in delivering food, clothing or toys to those in need. Julie Bunn, Twin Cities, "Julie Bunn: Give the gift of financial literacy," 8 Dec. 2019 And moreover, Abby and Chris' achingly sweet relationship provides an organic home for those teachable moments, which mostly exist in their communication with each other. NBC News, "Rising star Theo Germaine's next act is Showtime's 'Work in Progress'," 6 Dec. 2019 The Corps, to its credit, responded swiftly, using the incident as a teachable moment to its Marines about the creation and maintenance of positive unit cultures and environments. Waitman Wade Beorn, The New Republic, "The War-Crimes Presidency," 27 Nov. 2019 Give and gain knowledge, turning the interaction into a teachable moment where both sides feel valued. The Oracles, USA TODAY, "“Kindness always wins:” 10 successful people on how to get anyone to open up to you," 19 Nov. 2019 The Blue Devils simply don’t lose nonconference home games — this was their 148th consecutive victory against a non-ACC opponent at Cameron — but there were plenty of teachable moments for Krzyzewski’s young team. Joedy Mccreary, The Denver Post, "Tre Jones leads No. 4 Duke past Colorado State," 8 Nov. 2019 Essentially Minter is saying there’s no reason to be coy about our dire global climactic realities: The Tokyo Olympic Committee had a teachable moment and missed the opportunity to inform the public. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Climate change is already transforming international sports," 26 Oct. 2019 But still, there’s a method to the madness, and with three starters new to the Pacers roster entering this season, defensive drills in practice have led to plenty of teachable moments. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "T.J. Warren was one of the NBA's worst defenders. Can he be Pacers' next transformation?," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of teachable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Teachable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teachable. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of teachable

: able and willing to learn : capable of being taught
: allowing something to be taught or learned easily

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