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[uh b-zur-vuh-buh l] /əbˈzɜr və bəl/
capable of being or liable to be observed; noticeable; visible; discernible:
an observable change in attitude.
worthy or important enough to be celebrated, followed, or observed:
an observable holiday.
deserving of attention; noteworthy.
Origin of observable
1600-10; < Latin observābilis remarkable, equivalent to observā(re) to observe + -bilis -ble
Related forms
observability, observableness, noun
observably, adverb
nonobservable, adjective
nonobservably, adverb
unobservable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Between the "wondering" and the noun there had been an observable pause.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • On the 15th of September, 17—, an unusual stir was observable in our village.

  • The only other observable symptom was slightly increased thirst.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • It is observable that he does not absolutely deny that there is an opposite of Being.

    Sophist Plato
  • A tendency to a paradoxical manner of statement is also observable.

    Laws Plato
Word Origin and History for observable

c.1600, from Latin observabilis "remarkable, observable," from observare (see observe). Related: Observably; observability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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observable in Science
A measurable property of a physical system, such as mass or momentum. In quantum mechanics, observables correspond to mathematical operators used in the calculation of measurable quantities. Operators that do not commute, having a nonzero commutator, correspond to observables that cannot be precisely measured at the same time, such as momentum and position. See also uncertainty principle.
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