palpable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French palpable and its source, Latin palpābilis.

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Adjective[edit]

palpable (comparative more palpable, superlative most palpable)

  1. Capable of being touched, felt or handled; touchable, tangible.
    • circa 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2:
      Osric: A hit, a very palpable hit.
    • 1838, Edgar Allan Poe, "Ligeia":
      I had felt that some palpable although invisible object had passed lightly by my person.
    • 1894, Bret Harte, "The Heir of the McHulishes" in A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories:
      The next morning the fog had given way to a palpable, horizontally driving rain.
  2. Obvious or easily perceived; noticeable.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
      Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, [] . It was with a palpable relief that he heard the first warning notes of the figure.
    • 1913, Sax Rohmer, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu ch. 24:
      Her voice, her palpable agitation, prepared us for something extraordinary.
    • 1916, Kathleen Norris, The Heart of Rachael, ch. 7:
      No use in raging, in reasoning, in arguing. No use in setting forth the facts, the palpable right and wrong.
  3. (medicine) That can be detected by palpation.

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Etymology[edit]

Latin palpābilis.

Adjective[edit]

palpable m, f (masculine and feminine plural palpables)

  1. palpable

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin palpābilis.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

palpable (masculine and feminine, plural palpables)

  1. palpable

Spanish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

palpable m, f (plural palpables)

  1. palpable