teach·​able | \ˈtē-chə-bəl \

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 \ adverb

Examples of teachable in a Sentence

students who are teachable and eager to learn The book's style makes it very teachable.

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In fact, a lawyer had recently set himself on fire in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park (as a statement against fossil fuel use), and the incident led to a teachable classroom moment about the tradition and culture of self-immolation. Bob Morris, Town & Country, "How College Courses on Happiness and Humiliation Because the Hottest Trend on Campus," 10 July 2018 The tragic death in Arizona of a pedestrian struck by an Uber autonomous car is a teachable moment. Kevin Werbach, Philly.com, "When crises come, ethically challenged firms such as Uber are most vulnerable, Wharton prof says," 16 Apr. 2018 Instead of tweeting about how awful Chris Brown is, Ethan Suplee (and all of us) could be using his actions and the incident between Rihanna and him as a teachable moment. Alicia Harper, Redbook, "How To Talk About Domestic Violence," 23 Feb. 2012 Pixar movies are full of teachable moments for the modern age, but the older movies can be, too. refinery29.com, "The Subtle Reason Why Pixar Movies Differ From The Disney Classics Of Yore," 15 June 2018 Ask yourself if this is a teachable moment that could improve the workplace dynamic long-term. Nick Levine, GQ, "How to Be Gay at Work," 14 June 2018 But the House of Windsor has also generated a century’s worth of headlines — and teachable moments — about adultery, separation, divorce and remarriage. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "How the Church of England has evolved on divorce, from Henry VIII to Meghan Markle," 15 May 2018 Experts also acknowledge that 13 Reasons Why did come with teachable moments and opened a dialogue surrounding suicide and other difficult experiences that young adults face that often get brushed aside. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s What 7 Mental Health Experts Really Think About ‘13 Reasons Why’," 9 May 2018 The teachable moment here is that Draconian immigration restrictions are, well, Draconian—a lesson that also applies to America’s debate over the Dreamers brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Gone With the Windrush in Britain," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of teachable

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

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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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