- readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious; evident: a palpable lie; palpable absurdity.
- capable of being touched or felt; tangible.
- Medicine/Medical. perceptible by palpation.
Origin of palpable
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1. manifest, plain. 2. material, corporeal.
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- (usually prenominal) easily perceived by the senses or the mind; obviousthe excuse was a palpable lie
- capable of being touched; tangible
- med capable of being discerned by the sense of toucha palpable tumour
C14: from Late Latin palpābilis that may be touched, from Latin palpāre to stroke, touch
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Word Origin and History for non-palpable
late 14c., "that can be touched," from Late Latin palpabilis "that may be touched or felt," from Latin palpare "touch gently, stroke" (see feel (v.)). Figurative sense of "easily perceived, evident" also is from late 14c. Related: Palpably.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Perceptible to touch; capable of being palpated.
- Evident; obvious.
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