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[rev-uh-kuh-buh l or, often, ri-voh-] /ˈrɛv ə kə bəl or, often, rɪˈvoʊ-/
that may be revoked.
Also, revokable
[ri-voh-kuh-buh l, rev-uh-] /rɪˈvoʊ kə bəl, ˈrɛv ə-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of revocable
From the Latin word revocābilis, dating back to 1490-1500. See revoke, -able
Related forms
revocability, revocableness, noun
revocably, adverb
nonrevocability, noun
nonrevocable, adjective
nonrevocably, adverb
nonrevokable, adjective
unrevocable, adjective
unrevocably, adverb
unrevokable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for revocable
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  • An offer is a revocable and unaccepted communication of willingness to promise.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • Besides, this part of the agreement was revocable at my pleasure.

    Four Years in France Henry Digby Beste
  • He would know, presently, when the revocable should have become the irrevocable.

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • A week, but a short week, to come, before my fate is irrevocably fixed; or revocable only by the hand of death!

  • In our lay convent whatever each monk possesses is only a revocable gift by the convent.

  • In the northeastern, or Frisian portion, however; the grants of land were never in the form of revocable benefices or feuds.

  • A man is bound above all things to protect those who depend on him from his own immature or revocable impulses.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The exercise of powers that were defined and limited, that were temporary and revocable, called for scrutiny and direct control.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • There can be no dower in a mere personal privilege, or in a revocable license pertaining to land.

British Dictionary definitions for revocable


capable of being revoked; able to be cancelled
Derived Forms
revocability, revokability, noun
revocably, revokably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for revocable

late 15c., from Old French revocable or directly from Latin revocabilis "that may be revoked," from revocare (see revoke). Alternative revokable attested from 1580s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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