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[ej-oo-kuh-buh l] /ˈɛdʒ ʊ kə bəl/
capable of being educated.
of or relating to mildly retarded individuals who may achieve self-sufficiency.
Also, educatable
[ej-oo-key-tuh-buh l] /ˈɛdʒ ʊˌkeɪ tə bəl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of educable
First recorded in 1835-45; educ(ate) + -able
Related forms
educability, noun
noneducable, adjective
uneducability, noun
uneducable, adjective
Can be confused
educable, educible. Unabridged
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  • This illustration may be applied to the entire range of the educability of any individual.

  • The child exhibits less rapid variations, intellectual and emotional, while its educability is greater.

  • Upon the facts as now established the knowledge of numbers seems to be the basis of any educability in animals.

    Lola Henny Kindermann
  • The brains are large, and the intelligence and educability extraordinarily high.

  • This educability of the young has rarely if ever been questioned in actual practice.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine John Frederick Herbart
  • So much, then, as to the senses of spiders; but what about their educability—their power of learning from experience?

    Spiders Cecil Warburton
  • It is true that in this department, as in247 others, there is much diversity of opinion regarding the limits of educability.

  • We give the account of this remarkable instance of educability as it appears in a French newspaper.

    Anecdotes of Dogs Edward Jesse
British Dictionary definitions for educability


capable of being trained or educated; able to learn
Derived Forms
educability, educatability, noun
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Word Origin and History for educability



1842 (implied in educability); see educate + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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