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[sol-vuh-buh l] /ˈsɒl və bəl/
capable of being solved, as a problem.
Mathematics. (of a group) having a normal series of subgroups in which successive quotient groups are Abelian.
Archaic. soluble (def 1).
Origin of solvable
First recorded in 1640-50; solve + -able
Related forms
solvability, solvableness, noun
nonsolvability, noun
nonsolvable, adjective
nonsolvableness, noun
unsolvable, adjective
unsolvableness, noun
unsolvably, adverb
Can be confused
insoluble, insolvable, unsolvable.
solvable, soluble. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for solvable
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  • His occult breathings to her might be solvable by his course in that respect.

  • The whole question seems to me to lie in the proverbial nutshell, and to be solvable by the proverbial common sense.

  • Coleridge's unshaken conviction that it was solvable, inspired many with courage.

  • Facts in nature are connected by a thousand knots of which no one is solvable by human logic.

  • Some of them are shown to be solvable by recently developed spiritual laws, while others are proven to be founded wholly in error.

  • Green means the problem is solvable within the conditions set down.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
  • This problem also is solvable in the simplest manner by the free mobility of labour involved in the principle of free association.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for solvable


another word for soluble (sense 1)
Derived Forms
solvability, solvableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for solvable

1640s, from solve + -able.

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