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sayable

[sey-uh-buh l] /ˈseɪ ə bəl/
adjective
1.
of the sort that can be said or spoken; utterable:
He felt a great deal that was not sayable.
2.
capable of being said or stated clearly, effectively, etc.:
The speech is as sayable today as when Demosthenes first composed it.
Origin of sayable
1855-1860
First recorded in 1855-60; say1 + -able
Related forms
unsayable, adjective
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  • Talk, say the unsayable, bring his love in misty word lines before his eyes; look and forget a moment.

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British Dictionary definitions for unsayable

unsayable

/ʌnˈseɪəbəl/
adjective
1.
too insulting, indecent, etc, to be said
noun
2.
say the unsayable, to express an opinion thought to be too controversial to mention
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