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[jen-er-uh-buh l] /ˈdʒɛn ər ə bəl/
capable of being generated or produced.
Origin of generable
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin generābil(is) creative, productive, equivalent to gener(āre) to beget, produce (see gender2) + -ābilis -able
Related forms
generability, generableness, noun
ungenerable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for generable
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  • It is also ungenerable; for, if generable, there will be a possibility that at some time or other it did not exist.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • The generable cosmos, therefore, was generated from the ingenerable Fire.

    Simon Magus George Robert Stow Mead
  • Those things which are destructible, are all of them generable and changeable (γεννητὰ καὶ ἀλλοιωτὰ πάντα).

    Aristotle George Grote
  • The world moreover was generable, and had been generated from the manifested energy of the Fire.

    Simon Magus George Robert Stow Mead
British Dictionary definitions for generable


able to be generated
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin generābilis, from Latin generāre to beget
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Word Origin and History for generable

mid-15c., from Latin generabilis, from generare (see generation).

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