- 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 palpably
It's a punch to the gut for Barb, and her pain is palpably felt here, and the line at the end—"Your 15 minutes are up."Big Love's 12 Most Memorable Moments
March 19, 2011
So if what Reid said was palpably true, why is he in so much trouble?Harry Reid Was Right
January 10, 2010
The mood inside the West Wing late Friday was cautiously, but palpably, optimistic about securing a Copenhagen deal.Obama's New Climate Plan
December 5, 2009
The campaign this time around is palpably tenser and the atmosphere is hotter.Our Friend Iran?
Leslie H. Gelb
June 9, 2009
Is it his fancy that at this moment brings them so palpably to him?The Elm Tree Tales
F. Irene Burge Smith
The scene bore all too palpably the marks of violence and bloodshed.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
I am sorry that the notion should so palpably wake your Lordship's amazement.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
It is so palpably against them that he has to get rid of the most of them to make it stand.
The laugh was shifting to the other side of their mouths most palpably.Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- (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 palpably
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.