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palpable

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of palpable

  1. 1 able to be perceived by a sense or by the mind the tension in the negotiating room was palpable Synonyms of palpable appreciable, apprehensible, detectable, discernible (also discernable), distinguishable, perceptible, sensibleWords Related to palpable audible, observable, tangible, visible; clear, conspicuous, evident, eye-catching, manifest, noticeable, obvious, plain, ponderable, prominent, striking; apparent, distinct, identifiable, significant, straightforwardNear Antonyms of palpable inaudible, intangible, invisible; inconspicuous, indistinct, unnoticeable, unobtrusive; faint, insignificant, slight, trivial; buried, concealed, covert, disguised, hidden, obscure, shrouded, vagueAntonyms of palpable impalpable, imperceptible, inappreciable, indistinguishable, insensible, undetectable

  2. 2 capable of being perceived by the sense of touch a small but palpable lump in my neck Synonyms of palpable tangible, touchableWords Related to palpable tactile; corporeal, physical; actual, concrete, embodied, existent, material, real, substantial; appreciable, detectable, discernible (also discernable), noticeable, observable, perceptible, seeable, sensible, visibleNear Antonyms of palpable bodiless, formless, immaterial, incorporeal, insubstantial, nonmaterial, nonphysical, unbodied, unsubstantial; abstract, ethereal, spiritual, unreal, virtual; imperceptible, insensibleAntonyms of palpable impalpable, intangible

  3. 3 not subject to misinterpretation or more than one interpretation a palpable case of lying under oath Synonyms of palpable apparent, bald, bald-faced, barefaced, bright-line, broad, clear-cut, crystal clear, decided, distinct, evident, lucid, luculent, luminous, manifest, nonambiguous, obvious, open-and-shut, clear, patent, pellucid, perspicuous, plain, ringing, straightforward, transparent, unambiguous, unambivalent, unequivocal, unmistakableWords Related to palpable cognizable, cognoscible, comprehendible, comprehensible, digestible, fathomable, graspable, intelligible, knowable, understandable; self-evident, self-explanatory; clean-cut, simple, tidy, uncomplicated; overt, undisguised; appreciable, perceptible, recognizable, sensible, tangible; discernible (also discernable), noticeable, observable, visible; black-and-white, explicit, trenchant, well-defined; clean, decipherable, fair, legible, readableNear Antonyms of palpable incomprehensible, indecipherable, unfathomable, unintelligible, unknowable; impalpable, imperceptible, inappreciable, indiscernible, insensible; cloudy, gauzy, gray (also grey), hazy, imprecise, indefinite, indeterminate, misty, murky, nebulous, noncommital, sketchy, slippery, subtle, vague; illegible, undecipherable, unreadableAntonyms of palpable ambiguous, clouded, cryptic, dark, enigmatic (also enigmatical), equivocal, indistinct, mysterious, nonobvious, obfuscated, obscure, unapparent, unclarified, unclear, unclouded

Synonym Discussion of palpable

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent.
    • a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener
sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind.
    • an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature
palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable.
    • the tension in the air was almost palpable
tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally.
    • no tangible evidence of UFOs
appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable.
    • an appreciable increase in income
ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance.
    • exerted a ponderable influence on world events

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