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or knowledgable

[nol-i-juh-buh l] /ˈnɒl ɪ dʒə bəl/
possessing or exhibiting knowledge, insight, or understanding; intelligent; well-informed; discerning; perceptive.
Origin of knowledgeable
First recorded in 1600-10; knowledge + -able
Related forms
knowledgeability, knowledgeableness, noun
knowledgeably, adverb
nonknowledgeable, adjective
quasi-knowledgeable, adjective
quasi-knowledgeably, adverb
unknowledgeable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for knowledgable
Historical Examples
  • She described, as well as she could remember, her meeting with the knowledgable Mr. Mann.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
  • The man had been a wise fisherman, as knowledgable as any in Ardevora.

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    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • But Hugh Boy was silent as to what he thought of his first knowledgable kiss.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City

    S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for knowledgable


possessing or indicating much knowledge
Derived Forms
knowledgeableness, knowledgableness, noun
knowledgeably, knowledgably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for knowledgable



also knowledgable, c.1600, "capable of being known, recognizable" (a sense now obsolete), from knowledge in its Middle English verbal sense + -able. The modern sense of "having knowledge, displaying knowledge" is from 1829 and probably a new formation.

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