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educable

[ej-oo-kuh-buh l] /ˈɛdʒ ʊ kə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being educated.
2.
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)
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Origin of educable
1835-1845
First recorded in 1835-45; educ(ate) + -able
Related forms
educability, noun
noneducable, adjective
uneducability, noun
uneducable, adjective
Can be confused
educable, educible.
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Examples from the Web for educable
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  • The human being is the most adaptable—that is to say, educable—of all living creatures.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
  • I am convinced from experience that it is both normal and educable though not usually active in the large majority of people.

    Second Sight

    Sepharial
  • As to structure, human nature is undoubtedly the most plastic part of the living world, the most adaptable, the most educable.

  • Animals are educable in different degrees; but where they are educable they begin to profit by experience from the first.

  • In 1869 it was estimated that there were in the State 34,000 Negro children of educable age.

  • The learner could not possibly be educable, that is, susceptible of receiving instruction, unless he were able to think.

    The Reform of Education Giovanni Gentile
  • In other words, we are educable, the lower animals are not, or only within very narrow limits.

    Woman and Womanhood C. W. Saleeby
British Dictionary definitions for educable

educable

/ˈɛdjʊkəbəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being trained or educated; able to learn
Derived Forms
educability, educatability, noun
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Word Origin and History for educable
adj.

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

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