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delectable

[dih-lek-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. delightful; highly pleasing; enjoyable: a delectable witticism.
  2. delicious: a delectable dinner.
noun
  1. an especially appealing or appetizing food or dish: a buffet table spread with delectables.

Origin of delectable

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēlectābilis delightful, equivalent to dēlectā(re) to delight (frequentative of dēlicere to entice) + -bilis -ble
Related formsde·lec·ta·ble·ness, de·lec·ta·bil·i·ty, nounde·lec·ta·bly, adverbun·de·lec·ta·ble, adjectiveun·de·lec·ta·bly, adverb

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1. pleasurable, gratifying, agreeable; amusing, entertaining.

Antonyms

1, 2. disagreeable, distasteful.
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delectable

adjective
  1. highly enjoyable, esp pleasing to the taste; delightful
Derived Formsdelectableness or delectability, noundelectably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin dēlectābilis, from dēlectāre to delight
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Word Origin and History for delectably

delectable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French delectable, from Latin delectabilis "delightful," from delectare (see delight (n.)). Related: Delectably.

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