- 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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Examples from the Web for palpable
The fear was palpable, yet it was no longer the citizens but the regime that was afraid.How Havel Inspired the Velvet Revolution
December 6, 2014
These are palpable, identifiable matters that are ingrained into the very fabric of The Babadook.‘The Babadook’ Is the Best (and Most Sincere) Horror Movie of the Year
November 30, 2014
His sadness over her descent into shooting up after managing to stay clean for a period is palpable.Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
November 8, 2014
But three hours from the construction site, the war between oil and conservation is palpable.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
The pleasure in these grooves is as palpable today as it was in 1967.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
But the meaning was too palpable not to be understood at once.
We bathed in the shadows as though they were palpable, and from that came great refreshment.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
How can they expect us to believe this transparent falsehood—this palpable device?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Sumner's influence ought to have produced some palpable results.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
But this is the privilege of beauty, that being the loveliest she is also the most palpable to sight.Phaedrus
- (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
Word Origin and History for 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.
- Perceptible to touch; capable of being palpated.
- Evident; obvious.