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separable

[sep-er-uh-buh l, sep-ruh-]
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adjective
  1. capable of being separated, parted, or dissociated.
  2. Mathematics.
    1. containing a countable dense subset.
    2. (of a differential equation) capable of being written so that coefficients of the differentials of the independent and dependent variables are, respectively, functions of these variables alone.Compare separation of variables.
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Origin of separable

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin sēparābilis, equivalent to sēparā(re) to separate + -bilis -ble
Related formssep·a·ra·bil·i·ty, sep·a·ra·ble·ness, nounsep·a·ra·bly, adverbnon·sep·a·ra·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sep·a·ra·ble, adjectivenon·sep·a·ra·ble·ness, nounnon·sep·a·ra·bly, adverbun·sep·a·ra·ble, adjectiveun·sep·a·ra·ble·ness, nounun·sep·a·ra·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for separability

Historical Examples

  • The fact of its separability from the body, he says, is no proof of its being an accident.

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

    Isaac Husik

  • He cannot have personality of his own, as God has no "separability."

  • For it is not the separability of an accident from its substance that makes it an accident, but its destruction, when separated.

  • Eyra says some at least of the Australians believe in the existence and separability of the soul.

  • He has demonstrated the separability of the soul by leaving and returning to his body at will.


British Dictionary definitions for separability

separable

adjective
  1. able to be separated, divided, or parted
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Derived Formsseparability or separableness, nounseparably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for separability

separable

adj.

late 14c., from Latin separabilis, from separare (see separate (v.)). Related: Separability.

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