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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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  • Oley wasn't so knowledgeable but what he would ask an occasional question.

    Poppa Needs Shorts Leigh Richmond
  • So, judging I was a knowledgeable man, he asked my advice on this point.

  • But as certainly he's an interesting, clever, knowledgeable beast.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Din Cotter is a knowledgeable man compared with the bulk of you.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • "He's a knowledgeable man, that," the old woman said with a shrewd smile.

British Dictionary definitions for knowledgeable


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

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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