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[pey-puh-buh l] /ˈpeɪ pə bəl/
suitable or likely to become pope.
Origin of papable
1585-95; < Middle French < Italian papabile, equivalent to papa pope + -bile -ble
Related forms
papability, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It's a sweltering hot day in London today, a real British heat wave with no a/c, and the Jubilee enthusiasm is papable.

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  • The threat was too papable to be mistaken, nor was he sufficiently conversant with the world of policy to detect its fallacy.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • These wants, papable as they are in times of peace, become doubly pressing in time of war.

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