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[kal-kyuh-luh-buh l] /ˈkæl kyə lə bəl/
determinable by calculation; ascertainable:
This map was designed so that distances by road are easily calculable.
that can be counted on; reliable.
Origin of calculable
First recorded in 1725-35; calcul(ate) + -able
Related forms
calculability, noun
calculably, adverb
noncalculable, adjective
noncalculably, adverb
precalculable, adjective
uncalculable, adjective
uncalculably, adverb Unabridged
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  • People in motion are not as reliable and as calculable as brass.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • The sickness or soundness of a consumptive may be a clear and calculable matter.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • Brookenham just traceably took this in, but to what profit was not calculable.

    The Awkward Age Henry James
  • No human employment is more free and calculable than the winning of language.

    The Teacher George Herbert Palmer
  • Of course the calculable quality of the weather helps in this possibility.

    The Native Son Inez Haynes Irwin
  • No more "abroad" for me within any calculable time, heaven grant!

  • And these calculable expenses are only a fraction of the total economic loss.

  • And the exact energy necessary to sustain life is calculable.

    Behind the Mirrors Clinton W. Gilbert
  • But if these habits are constant and calculable we call the vitality of them mechanical.

    Winds Of Doctrine George Santayana
  • There are no calculable, because no stable, elements in the problem.

British Dictionary definitions for calculable


that may be computed or estimated
predictable; dependable
Derived Forms
calculability, noun
calculably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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