assailable

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

assail +‎ -able.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

assailable (comparative more assailable, superlative most assailable)

  1. Not defended or not able to be defended; able to be assailed or attacked.
    • 1849, Edwin Percy Whipple, “South’s Sermons”, in Essays and Reviews, volume I, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, published 1887, page 385:
      Indeed, he lived among a generation of sinners, whose consciences were not assailable by smooth circumlocutions, and whose vices required the scourge and the hot iron.
    • 1851 October 18, Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”, in The Whale, 1st British edition, London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 14262177; Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, 14 November 1851, OCLC 57395299, page 203:
      All that most maddens and torments ; all that stirs up the lees of things ; all truth with malice in it ; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain ; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought ; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.
    • 1993 February 16, James Dao, quoting Michael V. McGill, “Politics Complicates Formulas for Aid to Schools”, in The New York Times[1], page B1:
      What is assailable is that in the process of achieving that goal [equality], you level everybody down.

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